Jun 20, 2012

Wednesday in the Word: The Rich Fool

Each Wednesday we dig into the Bible and go to the source for our stewardship. Today we'll take a look at The Parable of the Rich Fool from Luke chapter 12:

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

                                                            Luke 12: 13-22 (NIV)

You can read a few of my comments in an article titled From Barn Filling to Barn Raising: A biblical perspective on stewardship and giving. But I would like to hear from you.

How would you restate the parable of Jesus to others in your own words?
Where in life are you building barns & storing up things for yourself?
Are you also being "rich toward God?"
Is there any measurable action that you should take this week based on this parable?

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