Theme: THE END OF THE WICKED
Text: And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 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.” – Luke 12: 16-18.
Comment: More often than not, people who are carnally minded think that all that is valuable in life is to eat, and drink, and be cheerful or merry and that length of days depend on one’s affluence or wealth. Hence their chief anxiety is to be distinguished for their magnificent style of living. They feel they have no need of God as the riches give them a false sense of security. Like the rich man in the parable, they say: “… I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” – Luke 12:19.
Our Lord Jesus Christ highlighted the danger in this way of reasoning in the parable in which he warned that “a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth”. (Luke 12:15-21) Those who do not trust in God shall fall: “…The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches….” – Psalm 52:1,2,5,6.
It was due to the danger of carnal-mindedness that Job said: “If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, …If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much; This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above. – Job 31:24, 25, 28.