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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Confronted by a civil concern, Jesus grasps the opportunity to teach His disciples about the subtle and tempting lure of greed, preparing them for their mission in the world.
Far from condemning wealth, through the parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus strongly warns against the Rich Man’s error, not that he acquired wealth, invested in safely, or that he enjoyed some of its fruits, but that he praised only himself, and used his riches, only to benefit himself.
Much of what the Rich Man seems applaudable, but his actions testify to the treasures of his heart. It’s about him, and him alone. We must consider our attitude, towards all God’s blessings, but especially money, lest we fall into the same temptation.
Through this parable, Jesus illustrates that life does not consist of an abundance of possessions, instead, it is to be abundant in richness towards God.
From the passage, we’re encouraged to give thanks to God for what we have, whether rich or poor, and to prayerfully seek to use God’s blessings to us, for His purposes.