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The Greedy Fool

Bauer Evans, on July 26, 2020. Part of the The Parables of The Kingdom series

Main point: In our pursuit of life’s provisions, don’t be foolish. Be ready to meet God by trusting in Christ to save you through faith in Him.

Key Ideas:

Point 1:
Watch out! Greed deceives and leaves you unprepared for eternity (vs. 15)

Do you possess things that you can’t bear the thought of losing? Why?

How would I refute the culture’s assertion that the essence of life consists in what I earn or own?

Point 2:
Be rich towards God, generous towards others through faith in Christ (vs. 21, 33)

Is your use of money and possessions essentially self-oriented?

How has the gospel guided your generosity towards others and investments in His kingdom?

“Covetousness is foolishness because it is the consequence of a lie—that life does consist in the abundance of possessions.” ~ Paul Tripp

Luke 12:13-21

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (ESV)

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