Biblical Brunch #6 ~ Rich Fool Parable

I will be sharing stories from the Bible.  I am NOT trying to influence your beliefs or tell you what to believe.  I also expect you to respect me and my beliefs.  If you do not believe in the Bible, that is okay, you don’t have to read the post or you can take it simply as a story. 

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”  Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.  He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

I am taking this story from Bible.org (Luke 12:13-21) and Bible Gateway.

When I read this story, I think of tithing.  One Sunday, the priest talked about how Catholics tithe the least, less than 1%.  I think that is said, especially if that number is correct.  Even if you don’t have a lot of money,  you can give your talents.  God gives us all unique gifts so that we can share them.  Having our gifts are worthless if we don’t.  In life, it is our duty to figure out what our gift is and give it to society.  Your job this week is to give to someone else, whether it is time, talent, or treasure; it is valuable.

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