Anatomy of a Fool

Tony Vis

READ : Luke 12:13-21

“But God said to him, `You fool!’” What made this fellow a fool in God’s eyes? Was it because he was so industrious and had become so successful? I think not. The Bible encourages hard work. Perhaps he was called a fool because he was wealthy? Again, I think not. While Jesus had little Himself, He did have some rich friends like Mary and Martha and their brother, Lazarus. He was acquainted with a couple of Jerusalem aristocrats, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. It is nowhere recorded that He condemned any of these friends for being wealthy.

The rich man’s failure was one of perspective. His view of what is important was distorted. He was caught up in the means by which a person exists: house, clothes, food, car, checkbook balance. He was oblivious to the true reasons a person exists, such as relationships and love. Here was a fellow so caught up in “I,” “me,” and “mine” that he could not see the needs of others. The poor and the hungry were all around him, but he was oblivious to their presence and the possibility that meeting their needs was his responsibility. It is clear that this man ignored the spiritual side of life. He forgot that God was the real Owner of all he possessed. He was a fool!

PRAYER

God, give us the grace we need to live as wise men and women, and not as fools. For Jesus’ sake.

God, give us the grace we need to live as wise men and women, and not as fools. For Jesus’ sake.