The legacy of fools
The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools. Proverbs 3:35
Throughout the word of God there is a distinction made between the wise and the foolish.
The wise fear the Lord and the foolish do not.
The wise build their house on rock and the fool builds on sand and the floods of life wash it all away.
In the gospel of Luke Jesus is saying, beware of covetousness for your life does not consist of the things you own.
In today’s society its get all you can, and can all you get, in other words, the more you have the better your life.
If that were true then the stars of Hollywood and the music world would be happy and content, but instead they fight and get strung out on drugs and many end up committing suicide.
Even the church has gotten caught up in the pursuit of riches: bigger buildings, bigger ministries, bigger jets and before you know it they spin out of control and crash and burn in the futility of pride, greed and selfish ambition.
The TV evangelists have made a mockery of true ministry by begging for money so they can continue to stay on the air and make millions.
Instead of preaching the gospel of salvation they preach the gospel of greed, name it and claim it, and blab it and grab it, give a Cadillac, get a Cadillac, its all useless nonsense and it has turned the unbeliever away from the church of God, just ask someone why they don’t attend a fellowship and most will say, all they talk about is money!
Ask the rich young ruler about his decision to keep his wealth instead of following Jesus, ask the rich man why he is in hell and the poor beggar Lazarus was in Paradise, they will all give you the same answer, I wanted money and not Jesus, wealth and not eternal life.
Jesus began to tell the story of a rich man whose land was very productive and he thought to himself that he would build bigger barns to hold his vast wealth, in other words his life began to consist of the pursuit of wealth instead of the pursuit of God and his time finally ran out and he died only to stand before God empty handed and destitute of any spiritual life.
‘And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry." ‘
"But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ Luke 12:19,20
My father worked all his life to build up a successful business to leave to his kids and died spiritually bankrupt at the age of 63. I in turn squandered most of his wealth on drugs and became a worthless addict at the age of 33 before giving my life to Jesus. The point of all of this is who are you working for, God, or yourself? Does your life only consist of what you own, or are you rich in faith and blessed abundantly with His presence?
What if your soul was required of you tonight and you were standing before a holy God to give an account of your life and how you spent it, were you a good steward of the things He gave you, or did you spend it on your pleasures? The time is at hand, and the end of all things is staring us in the face, are you ready to meet God or will you have to shrink away in disgrace having squandered your legacy on yourself?
"So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Luke 12:21