Rich Toward GodSeries: All of Self and None of Thee
The story of the rich fool in Luke 12 is especially relevant, considering our own culture. Our lives are literally overflowing with material things. We are, …consumers consumed by consumption. The basic principle is found in 12.21. We either: Lay up treasure for self, or we become rich toward God.
The Context (Luke 12.1-12)
- The first part of the sermon could be summarized by two key things that must be avoided. Both of these characterized their culture.
- 12.1 - hypocrisy (false religion).
- 12.15 - covetousness (greed).
Luke 12.13-15 - Jesus’ Refusal to Arbitrate a Family Dispute
- 12.13 - Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.
- Where’s his heart? This is a greedy and covetous man.
- 12.14 - Jesus’ response: Who made me a judge over you?
- 12.15 - take care means to “look out” or “observe.” Present imperative.
- Guard: to “keep oneself from indulging in something.”
- Guard against what? All covetousness.
- Ecclesiastes 5.10 - He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
- 12.15b - One’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
Luke 12.16-20 - A Parable for Illustration
- 12.16 - The story: The land of a rich man produced plentifully.
- 12.17 - The dilemma: What was he going to do about the massive harvest?
- 12.18-19 - Take 17-19 together = 3 verses. 6 “I’s” and 5 “my’s.”
- 12.19 - look at the word soul. Living in singular thought.
- 12.20 - God calls him a fool.
- See how Ecclesiastes 2.18-19 relates here.
- 12.20a - This night your soul is required of you. See also James 4.13-15.
Luke 12.21 - The Application
- It is selfish to be a materialist, greedy, covetous, self-indulgent, to horde…
- Matthew 6.19-21 - If we haven’t invested in the kingdom - we’re in trouble.
- What will be for you? Will it be all of self and none of thee? Or, will you follow Jesus’ admonition in 12.15, 21?
- Don’t be seduced by the material, physical realm.