Don’t Be a Fool
In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus called a successful farmer a “fool” because the farmer was greedy and self-centered. Through this parable, Jesus warns us against the spiritual danger of greed. The rich fool’s life was centered on himself. He failed to thank God for his life and riches, and he neglected to care for his neighbors. He had vast barns and resources, but his spiritual bank account was empty. He was storing up treasures on earth. At death, he lost everything, as he was separated from God and his riches as well.
This parable points out that a meaningful life does not depend on earthly riches. While it is true that God gives us all things for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17), we are to use those blessings in a manner that is “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21). In order to be rich toward God, we need to use all things, including our money, in ways that give God honor and praise.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, keep me from loving things of this world. Grant me a steadfast faith and trust in You as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!