Fool's Harvest

Luke 12:16-21

This morning we celebrate the conclusion of our harvest S/S campaign. All around us are reminders of the time of harvest. The other evening I watched a farmer moving his corn picker to his field while another farmer was combining his field of soybeans. It is truly harvest time.

This morning, I want to talk about another harvest, a "Fool's Harvest". The Bible tells us that the rain falls upon the just and the unjust alike (cf. Mt. 5:45). When God blesses with an abundant amount of rain and sunshine the harvest is good for the ungodly as well as the godly. Jesus taught a parable about a fool who enjoyed a great harvest. "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully...But God said unto him, Thou fool." This parable was taught to illustrate the danger of the sin of covetousness. The occasion of the parable was a conflict between two brothers over the dividing of their inheritance.

I. The Spirit of Covetousness. v13-15

II. The Course of Covetousness. v16-19

III. The Penalty of Covetousness. v20-21

Covetousness is not confined to the wealthy. This same attitude can be manifested in the lives of people without much material goods. It is an attitude of the heart. It involves putting self before everything and everyone else. To a person who is lost it will mean eternity in hell.

This spirit can also manifest itself in the lives of believers. It will destroy our witness to the world around us. It will rob us of spiritual blessings that God desires to pour out upon us. It can bring the hand of God's chastening upon our lives. Jesus said, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness:"