Rich and Foolish | Luke 12:13-21

Rich and Foolish | Luke 12:13-21

Rich and Foolish  – Luke 12:13-21

Introduction

Luke 12:13-21 ESV  Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”  (14)  But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”  (15)  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  (16)  And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,  (17)  and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  (18)  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  (19)  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’  (20)  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  (21)  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

  • Imagine for a moment that Jesus is standing in front of you… you have fought your way to the front of a cloud of thousands just to hear the words of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
    • And what’s this, He is making eye contact with you! You suddenly feel the urge to ask Him… something.
    • You can ask Him anything…
    • For healing, for grace, for peace, for salvation, for wisdom… what do you ask Him?
  • Welp, this fine gentleman had such an opportunity… and he says:
    • “JESUS! My dad just died and I want more of his money, tell my brother to give me my dad’s money!”
      • Wait, what?! ARE YOU SO FOCUSED ON MONEY THAT YOU SKIP OVER ALL THE ETERNAL GIFTS JESUS HAS TO OFFER?
    • Apparently this man was…

Luke 12:13-14 ESV  Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”  (14)  But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”

  • Jesus responds, basically, by saying “Bro, that’s none of my business”.
    • But then he uses this man’s stupid question to illustrate a couple of points through the parable of the Rich fool.
      • We are going to talk about those points this morning.

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Point One – What do You Say to Your Soul?

Luke 12:16-20 ESV  (16)  And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,  (17)  and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  (18)  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  (19)  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’  (20)  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

  • So Jesus tells this story, there is this rich man, and the rich man has a problem…
    • The rich man has become so rich that he doesn’t have enough room to store all his crops, harvests, and goods…
      • Man, sounds like a hard problem…
    • So what does the rich man do, he thinks it over and says “Welp, looks like I am so rich that I am going to have to tear down my old barns and store houses and build bigger ones in there place”.
    • You know what that means, this man is now RICHER than he ever expected to be… he was unprepared for his new found wealth… When he built the original barns and store houses he would have been EXTATIC to fill them up…
      • But not anymore, they are not good enough!
        • It’s funny how wealth does that, isn’t it… you just never have enough…
    • Anyway, he tells himself that once the NEW BIGGER barns are built and filled, then he can finally be happy!
  • Take a look at verse 19:

Luke 12:19 ESV  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’

  • “What I have isn’t enough… but once I build and fill these new barns, then I will have enough… then I will say “Soul, you have made it! Relax, eat, drink, and be merry”.
    • Think on this for a minute… this means the already very wealthy man, his soul is not relaxed, it is hungry, it is thirsty, and it is not happy…
    • In order for his soul to be relaxed, filled, and happy, he says, he needs to build these barns.
  • LISTEN TO ME, LISTEN CHURCH, THIS IS SO SO SO IMPORTANT.
    • IF JESUS IS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOUR SOUL, NOTHING WILL BE.
    • IF JESUS IS NOT ENOUGH FOR YOUR SOUL, NOTHING WILL BE!
  • But this man, he feels if he just had this new harvest stored away… then he can say it is well with his soul…
    • What do you tell your soul? What makes you say “It is well with my soul”?

When millions of dollars cometh my way,
When I see 10 glorious digits on payroll,
As long as I have More than enough I shall say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

  • FOOL! YOUR SOUL WILL BE REQUIRED OF YOU THIS NIGHT”
  • That’s what God says!

Luke 12:19-20 ESV  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’  (20)  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

  • Let me translate this for you in modern English…
    • The man says “I am filthy rich, finally I can say it is well with my soul”
    • “Oh yeah?” God says “BECAUSE YOU ARE GONNA DIE TONIGHT STUPID… NOW HOW IS IT WITH YOUR SOUL?!”
  • It has been said that a foolish mans plans end when he dies…
    • If your plans end with funeral arrangements, you have made a grave mistake…
      • Get it, grave mistake?
      • But really, plan for eternity.
      • Let your soul be at peace when your eternity is secure.
  • Listen, when your soul is at peace because of What Christ has done for you, then no matter the circumstance, good or bad, you can say “It is well with my soul”.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

Point Two – To Who Will Your Treasures Go?

  • Point Two this morning – To whom will your treasure go? Look at the last thing God says to this foolish man…

Luke 12:20 ESV  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

  • All this wealth, all this stuff, all this money… YOU ARE GOING TO DIE… now what? Who’s it’s gonna be? Not yours! Your dead… who’s stuff is this gonna be? Where is your treasure going to go oh foolish man…
    • I think the biggest mistake this man made, the most foolish thing he did, was say to his SOUL “then it will be well”.
    • As if his soul might for some reason take comfort in riches, and food and plenty.
    • If he has said to his BODY to eat drink and be merry, it might make sense…
    • But what does food have to do with the eternal existence that God has breathed inside of you?
      • You soul should long for GOD! This man is so confused he thinks his soul will be satisfied with treasure, so he stores up treasure for himself.

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  (20)  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  (21)  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

  • Joke:
    • There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.
    • An angel hears his plea and appears to him. “Sorry, but you can’t take your wealth with you.” The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.
    • The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.
    • Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. St. Peter seeing the suitcase says, “Hold on, you can’t bring that in here!”
    • But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, St. Peter checks and comes back saying, “You’re right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I’m supposed to check its contents before letting it through.”
    • St. Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, “You brought pavement?!!!”

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  (20)  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  (21)  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

  • The greatest treasure in heaven is that which is in heaven.
    • Listen to me, hear this… the greatest treasure in heaven is that which is in heaven.
  • For you to store up something in heaven, church, it has to be something that will actually be in heaven!
  • So what’s in heaven?
    • Four things…
      • The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit… that’s God! And He is definitely in heaven…
      • But what’s the fourth? The church!
      • Every born again believer in Jesus Christ.
  • So then to store up treasures in heaven you have to effect the things that are there, right?
    • So what can you do on this side of heaven to store up treasures?
    • You can make disciples, for one, literally every person you help lead to Christ is a treasure that is stored up in heaven!
      • Y’all, you can’t bring your riches with you, but you can bring your family!
      • You can’t bring your new promotion with you, but you can bring your co-workers.
  • To who will your treasures go, that’s what God asks in this parable:

Luke 12:20 ESV  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

  • I tell you to whom my treasure will go, my treasure will go to Jesus… and where will Jesus be? In heaven!
  • If your treasure is your wealth, to who will it go when you die? Your children? Your family? The state?
  • But If your treasure is the Church, seeing people saved, then you are storing up treasure in heaven as you see people saved and discipled.
  • If your treasure is God, then you are storing up treasure when you worship Him.
  • If your treasure is the Lord Jesus Christ, then everything you do to obey Him, to honor Him…
    • Every tithe check you write.
    • Every ministry you serve in.
    • Every song you offer.
    • Every word you pray.
    • Every sin you repent from and replace with holy fruit…
  • Every time you do these things you are making a deposit in the heavenly store house!
    • Well pastor, I don’t know, what does tithing have to do with it…
    • I don’t know if you know this, but people get saved here! And we got bills to pay. So helping support a church that preaches the gospel is not just obedience, but it literally help populate heaven with treasure! Treasures like (List off people who have been saved in CLC).
  • If you want to start storing up treasures in heaven, then start doing things that effect heaven!

Luke 12:21 ESV So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

  • Be rich toward God church!
    • BE RICH TOWARD GOD! THAT IS HOW YOU STORE UP THOSE TREASURES IN HEAVEN!
    • BE RICH TOWARD GOD!
  • Let’s do that right now, amen, let’s try to lay up some more treasure in heaven!

Conclusion

  • Gospel Call
  • I am going to conclude with what Jesus tells us in verse 15:

Luke 12:15 ESV  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

  • You don’t just simply “not covet” you have to be on guard against all covetousness.
    • YOU HAVE TO ACTIVLY GUARD AGAISNT IS.
  • Let’s do that this morning.
  • Prayer. Make Jesus Your Treasure. If Jesus isn’t enough for your soul, nothing will be.
  • Song: It Is Well

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