Luke 12:15

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness:

for a man's life consisteth not in the

abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

   Jesus spoke a parable to His hearers after relating these words of warning to them. This parable draws attention to the vanity and insecurity of man’s expectations of the future. This man had one view of the future, but God had a different view altogether. He was saying, “Much goods for many days,” but God was saying, “This night.” This man built but he did not keep; his plans excluded God, but God included Himself in his plans.

   What irony it is that “truly every man walketh in a vain show! He heapeth up riches and knoweth not who shall gather them.”

   God’s evaluation of this man is summed up in two words, “thou fool.” He was not a fool in every respect, he was very wise in his sowing and reaping, for he made money; he was not idle or lazy, he worked diligently, he planted, he weeded, he watered, he harvested a large crop. He planted but he did not look up to acknowledge the source of his blessings, nor did he ask the Lord for direction. His plans put his possessions in his barns, but a better investment would have been the homes of the poor all around him and the sending forth of the gospel to the ends of the earth. This would have been “laying up treasure in Heaven,” a place where it could never be lost or corrupted.

   So, this rich man became a pauper overnight, having made plans for the expectation of his future days on earth, but no plans for eternity. Jesus relegated any other person who did the same a fool also. Let us not be so foolish. When God blesses us in a material way, we can be a great blessing to others and send forth a sweet-smelling aroma toward Heaven.

In His amazing grace,

Pastor Ed Bowen

February 21, 2010