by Jerry Vines

Luke 12:15-21
Jerry Vines

I want to take a little closer look at this story Jesus told about
the greedy farmer. I want to look at it in a different way. I think you
will understand this story of Jesus if we look at it in a little different

It was interesting to me a number of years ago, in studying
the teaching of the Lord Jesus and the stories which He told, to find
out how much Jesus had to say about money and the things that
money can buy. I was surprised by it initially, but the more I
thought about it the less surprised I was because when you read
the life of the Lord Jesus and the things He had to say you will find
out that Jesus deals with real life--not life theoretical but life as it
really is. One of the things that takes up a lot of our time is thinking
about money, earning money, spending money, and getting the
things that money can buy.

So, the Lord Jesus, dealing with daily life, talks about
material things--money that the things that money can buy. This
what Jesus was telling about in this story which I'm calling today
the story of the greedy farmer. Jesus wraps up what he's trying to
say in this story in verse 15. And he said unto them, Take heed,
and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the
abundance of the things which he possesses.

Jesus prefaces what He is fixing to say with two words of
warning. Take heed. That means watch out. Beware. That
means be on your guard. He talks about covetousness. The word,
covetousness, means a desire to have more. Or, we could
translate it greed. Jesus is saying to be careful, watch out, greed
can make your life a miserable life.

By nature all of us have a tendency to be greedy. One of the
reasons a young Christian, very early in the Christian life, needs to
understand about stewardship and the matter of giving. It breaks
up the choke channels of our giving. It tears away ...

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