The rich fool (Luke 12:16-21) | back

 16And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. Jesus gave them this illustration: A rich man owned a fertile farm that produced fine crops.

 17And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? His harvests were so good and his barns were so full that he had no where to store all his crops. So he thought about it.

 18And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. After thinking about it he came up with this. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones! Then I will have plenty of room to store my crops.

 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. I will say to myself, you have plenty stored away for years to come. Now lets take it easy and party. Wine, women and rock "n" roll!

 20But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? But God said to him, Fool! Tonight you will die, then who will get it all?

 21So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Every man is a fool who gets rich on earth, but is not rich in heaven. Your spiritual wealth is so much more important than the riches of the world.