Rich Fool

 Ecclesiastes 4:8

  8There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.            

The Lord Jesus told a parable of a rich fool in Luke 12:16-21, 16The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17He thought to himself, “What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.” 18Then 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. 19And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’” 20But 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?”  21This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.

The Lord Jesus did not teach against storing up material wealth. He warns that too much concern on material wealth may deprive us from earning eternal treasures. Many rich people, many billionaires are not satisfied with their exceeding wealth. Earthly wealth can only provide temporary gratification. Absolute contentment in life comes from the contented God. Rich or poor, everyone wants something more. While countless people may waste precious time doing insignificant things, numerous rich people will find out that they also wasted their precious time accumulating more wealth than they needed when they come face to face with the Lord.

Believers in Christ, have you earned enough eternal treasure? Christ’s instructions are our guidelines to know which deed can earn eternal treasures. And, we should eagerly wait for the day when Christ brings us into His heaven. Make sure that your lifestyle reflects that you have been born of God.

It says in 1 John 3:9-10, 9No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

Lord Jesus, help me earn much eternal treasures.

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