A Man God Called a Fool
We live in an age, that people want prosperity, possessions,
and positions. People desire these things even more than the things of God. It seems as though the sight of God and His kingdom
is dimmed by the desire of people to have the things of the world.
When I think of the great desire of many for possessions,
positions, and prosperity I can’t help but ask my self. When is enough enough? The I completely convinced that there
is an empty spot in the heart of man that the things of this world cannot fill. Only Jesus Christ can fill that empty spot
in the heart of man. And satisfy that never ending desire.
We need to remember that God often sees people and things
in a different way than we do. He has a different perception of things. For instance, we may see some people as famous, but
God sees them as foolish. We may see some as popular, but God sees them as perishing. We may see some as rich, but God sees
them as ruined.
In these verses we see a man that God called a fool. He was
ambitious, thrifty, and successful. He was not a criminal, he had gotten his wealth by hard work. But yet God called him a
fool. Why?? Because his heart was not right with God!!!!!!!!!!!
Today I am going to give you a little three point sermon.
But first I feel that God would have me to go back over these verses and dig deep into the for a message from God. So let’s
go back to the scriptures and this time we will begin at verse 13.
What Can We Learn from This Foolish Man?
I. A Fool's Prosperity Is Fleeting (vv.
1. He had plenty.
A. But it was all earthly
B. His farm produced
1. In fact he had to build bigger storage buildings
to store it all.
2. He had great pride
A. In his great harvest
not in God
B. Thought much of himself,
but little of God
3. He was perishing
A. Everyone saw this
fool as a success
B. But something
important was missing (v. 15)
Everything he possessed was passing: temporary
2. He was not rich toward God (v. 21)
II. A Fool's Security Is False (vv. 19-20)
1. Notice His Past
A. He was full
B. No thought of God
C. No desire for God
or things of God.
2. Notice his present
A. His future seemed
1. seemed perfect
2. "Take thine ease"
3. "Eat, drink, and be merry"
4. Time to relax and live it up
3. Notice his future
A. "Goods laid
up for many years"
B. No retirement
worries for him
He should of heeded the words of Jesus
III. A Fool's Eternity Is Fearful (v. 20-21)
1. A fool's last night on earth
A. "This night
thy soul ... required"
2. His possessions would profit him nothing
A. He couldn't take
them with him
B. His heirs would fight
3. He had not prepared for eternity.
A. He would harvest
his deeds.. . not his fields
B. He would
go from his fields to the fires of hell
(Luke 16:19-3 1)
Money will buy a bed; but not sleep;
books but not brains;
food but not appetite;
finery but not beauty;
a house but not a home;
medicine but not health;
luxuries but not culture;
amusements but not happiness;
religion but not salvation;
a passport to everywhere but heaven.
We often put our affection on stuff that has a price tag.
I read recently about an old, rich man with a cranky, miserable attitude who visited a Rabbi. The Rabbi was a simple man whose
heart was right and he lived a simple life. They weren't together very long before the Rabbi got a wonderful idea on how to
illustrate to the man what was wrong. He took him by the hand and he led him over to his window and he said, "Now look out
the window and tell me what you see."
The man stood there and said, "Well I see some men and some
women and I see a few children."
The Rabbi took him by the hand and led him across the room
to a mirror and said, "Now look there and tell me what you see."
The man frowned and said, "Well obviously I see myself."
"Interesting", the Rabbi replied. "In the window there is
glass, in the mirror there is glass. But the glass of the mirror is covered with a little bit of silver. And no sooner is
the silver added than you cease to see others, and only yourself." Maybe our troubles started when just a little bit of silver
was added and we stopped looking through and starting looking at.