Luke 12: 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
This is an everyday example. Jesus was teaching. People could tell he revealed the truth of God. There was power and authority in what he said. A man said to him Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. This was a big problem to the man. His father died and the inheritance wasn’t divided out. He wanted Jesus to be a lawyer for him. Jesus said man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? This man’s brother didn’t have a problem; it was his problem. Jesus went to the core of the man’s problem. Sometimes we all see other people or things as our problem. We blame the devil. Let’s put blame where it lies.
Jesus didn’t see this man’s grief over his father’s death; the man was focused on what his dad left. The problem was with his soul. His heart was not right with God. He allowed material things to override concern for his soul. Jesus said take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Jesus was saying BEWARE! The happiness and satisfaction of life doesn’t lie in an inheritance or any material thing. It’s not what you have that gives you peace. It’s WHO you have. Jesus came to save souls. Without that event in our lives all other attempts are vain religion.
In the parable the man talked to his soul. He said eat, drink, and be merry. Our soul doesn’t eat or drink. When you accepted Jesus Christ something worked within to bring conviction. God stirred the soul and it began to feel drawn to God. Even though your mind said no, even if your heart was torn, your soul spoke YES because it needed to be saved. Jesus didn’t come to save bodies for this life. He came to save souls from hell. We’re guilty of talking to our soul. My soul struggled within me to let go but my body and mind fought it. That’s because we were born in sin. We received part from our father and part from our mother for our makeup. One part was given from God. When God created man he breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. We’re body, soul, and spirit. Before our body can experience salvation our soul must accept it.
The man didn’t take time to listen to his soul. Our soul lives forever. It tugs at us. When the body stops, when the mind quits, you’ll still be alive. The soul lives on in one place or another. When the beggar Lazarus died angels carried him into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man cared for nothing but his things. He left it all behind and went to hell. It doesn’t matter what the funeral home does with your body. The soul separates from the body and goes to its abode. I want mine to be right with God. Jesus came to settle the real problem of man—the soul needs fixing. That’s where the story Jesus told came in.
This man spent his time to have plenty and have the best in life. We have to provide for our family. It’s not a sin to have things, but when what we have becomes our obsession, it is wrong. Jesus came to be Savior. He never promised wealth if we follow him. When it comes to the end make sure the scales say J-E-S-U-S. If prosperity is your aim of life and you think it will take care of your soul, think again. It won’t. Jesus said take heed.
The man took credit for what he had saying it was all his own doing. We can think we have a part in heaven because of who we are or what he have or have done, but you must listen to your soul. If you feel the little tug it’s the soul. God uses it as the medium to speak to us. It knows who gives us every breath we take. It’s time to listen. Let the mind believe. Let the heart receive. That’s the way to be right with God. We listen so much to our body. We listen to our mind, yet we spend little time listening to our soul.
God told the man in the parable thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee. Listen to your body and mind. That’s good, but listen to your soul first and foremost. You are mistaken if you think you can make your soul happy any other way. You have a big heart, but sin talks to the soul. Be still. Quiet the heart and mind and let God speak to the soul. This man was called a fool by God.
Would your soul agree with your heart and mind? Does it agree with your pursuits? This could be the last day of life. Listen to the soul. I’d rather leave this life with nothing and have my soul right with God. How long has it been since you got quiet with your soul and let it speak? Quit talking. Listen. You’ll see how close you are to or how far away from God you are. God sent his son because of our sin. Listen to your soul. It will tell you if you are right or wrong with God.