The life of Jesus Christ on earth — an example of selfless service to the people. And what about modern Christians? Not argue whether we, like the rich man in the parable of Christ, believing her hope in wealth? Why this behavior God calls a fool?
Jesus once told a parable: “a certain rich man produced a good crop in the field; and he thought within himself, saying, “what do I do? nowhere to store my crops”. And said, “this will I do: break my barns and build greater, and there I will gather all my corn and all my goods, and I will say to my soul! many goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him: “mad! this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose will those things be which you have prepared?” So [it is he] who lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:16-21).
Through this parable, Christ showed the folly of anyone who does the wealth all for themselves. This man received everything from God. The Lord forced the seedlings to bloom and the fields to bear fruit abundantly. The rich man was in a quandary what to do with the harvest, which is not placed in barns. He did not think of God from Whom came all his grace. He was not aware that God made him a steward of His goodness so that he could help the needy. He had the blessed opportunity to be God’s channel of grace, but thought only of ministering to his own convenience.
The rich man could easily free himself from parts of his abundance, and many homes would have been freed from want, many of the hungry would be fed, many naked clothed, many hearts would have been satisfied, many requests for bread and clothing would be satisfied, and the melody of praise would have ascended to heaven. The Lord heard the prayers of the needy and prepared rich gifts for the needs of many through the blessings bestowed upon the rich man. But he closed his heart to the cry of the needy, determined to preserve the whole rich harvest for yourself.
The goal of this man was not above animal targets. He lived as if there were no God, no heaven, no future life; as if everything he possessed were his own, and he didn’t owe neither God nor man.
This man lived and made plans for himself. He sees that the future is abundantly provided for him nothing but pleasure and joy from the fruits of their labor. He looks at himself as a man who uses grace more than other people, and I am sure his wise administration.
But “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19). At that time, as the rich man looks at the years of fun, the Lord is opposing the plans. The wrong ruler comes the news: “Mad! this night thy soul shall be required of thee”. This requirement, which cannot satisfy money. Wealth, assembled them, can’t afford a delay. At one point, something he worked his whole life becomes unnecessary. “Who will get what you have prepared?” His extensive fields and overflowing granaries out of his control. “In vain he fusses, gathers and knows not who will get it” (Psalm 38:7).
The only good that would now be useful to him, he has not acquired. Living for himself, he rejected that divine love which ought to flow out in goodness to his fellowman. He rejected life, because God is love, and love — life. This man chose earthly spiritual, and he needs to disappear along with the earth. “Man that is in honour, and unreasonable, like the animals that perish” (Psalm 48:21).
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God”. The picture is true for all time. You can make plans for your good, you can collect treasure, you can build large palaces and high, but you cannot build wall so high or gate so strong, to prevent the messengers of the sentence.
To live for oneself means to die. Greed, the desire of wealth for themselves cuts off a soul from life. This is the spirit of Satan — to get, to attract. The spirit of Christ to give, to sacrifice oneself for the good of others. “This is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son [of God] has life; whoever does not have the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:11, 12).
Therefore, He says, “take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).