The Parable of the Rich Fool
The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, "What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops."
Then he said, "This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, 'You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.'"
But God said to him, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded of you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?"
This is how it will be for anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God. -- Luke 12:16-21
The context of this parable has to do with an individual who asked Christ to mediate between himself and his brother in a matter having to do with a family inheritance, which was not at all why Christ came to earth.
"Who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" asked Jesus, who then admonished the man: "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
This is the principle illustrated in the parable.
The rich man's possessions
The rich man's anxieties
- Anxieties are generally found in proportion to the amount of our earthly possessions
- "What shall I do?"
- He didn't consider selling it
- He didn't consider giving it to the poor
- His only consideration was to stock it away for himself
- Refers to no authority but himself