“Through the Looking Glass” The Kingdom of Heaven as seen through the parables of Jesus
“For now we see through a glass…” – I Cor. 13:12
The Rich Fool – Luke 12:13-21
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 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.”
If we get WHAT WE PRAY FOR, THEN WHAT?
If the ESSENCE of what we pray for is EARTHLY, even favorable results are UNFULFILLING and TEMPORARY.
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “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.
If we get MORE THAN WE NEED, THEN WHAT?
The MAINTENANCE of earthly surplus ROBS RESOURCES from what REALLY MATTERS.
19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
If we get TO PARTY ‘TIL WE DIE, THEN WHAT?
GLUTTONY isn’t just a FOOD ISSUE.
(There is a “healthy diet” of enjoying your resources!)
20 “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?’
If we get TO THE END OF OUR LIVES, THEN WHAT?
We will LET GO everything we are HOLDING ON TO.
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
If we get TO USE IT ALL FOR GOD’S PURPOSE, THEN WHAT?
It is FULFILLING NOW and LASTING FOREVER!
“Whoever has ears, let them hear.” – #Jesus@matthew11.15