I want share with a dramatic story from the gospel as recorded by Saint Luke, It is a story of a man who by all standards of measurement would be considered a highly successful man. And yet Jesus called him a fool. If you will read that parable, you will discover that the central character in the drama is a certain rich man.

This man was so rich that his farm yielded tremendous crops. In fact, the crops were so great that he didn’t know what to do. It occurred to him that he had only one alternative and that was to build some new and bigger barns so he could store all of his crops. And then as he thought about this, he said, “Then I’m going to do something after I build my new and bigger barn.

He said, “I’m going to store my goods and my fruit there, and then I’m going to say to my soul, ‘Soul, thou hast much goods, laid up for many years. Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”That brother thought that was the end of life. But the parable doesn’t end with that man making his statement. It ends by saying that God said to him, “You fool. Not next year, not next week, not tomorrow, but this night, your soul is required of me.” And so it was at the height of his prosperity, he died.

If this man lived in Africa today many believer in Christ would have compromise their faith and support him in his action good or bad. And he would abound with all of the social prestige and all of the community influence that could be afforded. Most people would look up to him because he would have that something called money. And yet a Galilean peasant had the audacity to call that man a fool.

I’d like you to look at this parable with me and try to decipher the real reason that Jesus called this man a fool.

Number one, Jesus called this man a fool because he allowed the means by which he lived to outdistance the ends for which he lived. You see, each of us lives in two realms, the within and the without. Now the within of our lives is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, religion, and morality. The without of our lives is that complex of devices, of mechanisms and instrumentalities by means of which we live.

The house we live in, that’s a part of the means by which we live. The car we drive, the clothes we wear, the money that we are able to accumulate, in short, the physical stuff that’s necessary for us to exist. Now the problem is that we must always keep a line of demarcation between the two. This man was a fool because he didn’t do that.

Wisdom is profitable to direct

Fly unlimited


  1. What a fine writing here. You have explained the importance of not storing our treasures here on earth, but in heaven! The world unfortunately praises people up for doing so well and gaining much, yet Jesus calling the rich man a fool sure is a lesson we can all learn from. (Psalm 49:16-20). Gods Grace Always over you.

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  2. In order for any person to have not done what the rich man did do would have to have had faith in God, and believed that Jesus was the Son of God!

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