You Fool!

In our Sunday Sermon, August 4, 2019, Pastor Ronnie read Luke 12:13-21. This scripture is titled “The Parable of the Rich Fool’. A person in the crowd shouts to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritence with me.” Jesus asked who appointed hin the judge or arbiter for them. Jesus then warns us to watch out for greed because life doesn’t consist of possessions.
Jesus then tells the story of a rich man who has plenty and decides to build bigger barns to store more grain so he has plenty for years to come and he can have the easy life and be merry. God says to him “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded of you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” His point is God isn’t happy with us when we focus and store up our possessions.
Pastor Ronnie shared that there are time’s we may put on a mask so we don’t show others our true selves. We may put on that mask at work so other’s perceive our compentence and value. The tough part is keeping the mask in place when life is falling apart. Here were some points from the message:
  • Don’t miss the point of what life is about
  • Don’t close your heart to your neighbor’s suffering
  • Don’t horde your spiritual gifts
  • Remove the food that feeds hate
  • Give away your goodness
  • Love others freely
  • Connect to others and share Jesus
Pastor Ronnie was speaking to me directly. I don’t need to take myself so seriously. I don’t need to put on a mask – I need to be myself and show my true self to others. He closed with:
  • Don’t store up for tomorrow as we don’t know God’s plan
  • Where your treasures are there your heart is also
One thing that hit home with this sermon is my goal last year and this year is to be present. There have been so many times in the past where I’ve been on my computer working, texting, reading, or other activities while my family is in the same room with me having a discussion. I’ve missed a lot of life thinking that I had to keep all the balls in the air. I am trying to be more in the moment and present for those I encounter on life’s journey.

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