Read: Luke 12:16-21
In the Bible, we see Jesus, who was so gentle at times (Matt. 19:13-15), would call some fools. Yet, our Lord used this offensive term to describe those He spoke about, especially the Pharisees (Matt. 23:17-19; Luke 11:39-40). Jesus also used the word fool in a parable after warning a man about coveting (Luke 12:13-21).
What made him foolish is not the fact that he built bigger barns to store his abundant harvest (Luke 12:16-18). Naturally, it would have been more foolish of him if he left that harvest in the field to rot. He was also not foolish in the sense that he thought that his good times would not last a long time (Luke 12:19). After all, we are urged to follow the example of the ant in “storing up” the harvest (Prov. 6:6-8).
What made the man foolish? He left God out of the picture. He was called a fool because he failed to realise that his life was in God’s hands. While he was planning carefully for his comfortable life on this earth, he failed to plan for eternity and store up treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:20). Does your plan for the future have God in it? Do you put God in the picture when you plan anything? What is the priority that you give for God in your life? Is He number one on your list? You would not want to be called a fool by Jesus in the end. The famous missionary, Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”