TOPIC: Pride (Part 3)
TEXT: Luke 12:16-21
INTRODUCTION: One of the things that lifts up the heart of man is wealth. Money is good but lack of wisdom can make you think you don’t need God because of your wealth. Wealth without wisdom is destructive.
Luke 12:16 “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 12:18 And 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. 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 12:20 But 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? 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
In developed countries, the rich don’t see the need to seek God because they believe they have all they need. They don’t consider life after now, they consider only now. Jesus Christ didn’t come to preach the message of now but that of the future. He proclaimed the kingdom of God which is a kingdom distinct from the present one. We are to preach about things to come so that when God judges the sinners for noncompliance, He will be righteous. Nobody will say he or she hasn’t heard about Jesus Christ. It is pride to refuse to listen to the gospel.
The rich man who the Lord considered as a fool is not because he was NOT intelligent but because he didn’t remember that he was created by someone. Some of us think wisdom has anything to do with intelligence and brilliance. A fool is someone who doesn’t remember God like the rich fool in our text above. It is unfortunate that our enemy smites us with the spirit of forgetfulness that we may be foolish in our thinking. In time like this when everything is tough, do you still believe God exists? Do you still pray? Are you still among those who use the word “I” and “mine” to reflect selfishness, inconsiderate and carefree? Humble yourself before God today! Give Him yourself and acknowledge His omnipresence. You are who God says you are, not what man, parents, society, or even the devil say you are. Submit yourself to Jesus, stop being proud! Refusal to submit to Jesus Christ is the greatest pride ever!
NOTE: The main reason why the Lord says the rich man in our text is a fool is because he didn’t remember God when he was planning how to spend his money. If God blesses you, would you remember Him?
PROPHETIC DECLARATION: I receive grace to be humble in Jesus name!