The Parables of Jesus Series | Parable of the Rich Fool

The sixth category of the parables Jesus gave, is the parables about wealth. The first parable in this category is the parable of the rich fool; found in Luke 12:16-21. The bible text say;

16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”


The rich man was a hard worker. He was also a planner. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being wealthy, working hard and planning for retirement – preparing for life before death. Planning for retirement is a very wise thing to do. The bible encourages us to plan.

So where did he go wrong?

Not acknowledging God in his success. The story is filled with “I and my”. He allowed his blessings to become his idol. He gave himself a pat on the back and stopped there. He forgot that;

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1

He neglected life after death. He was only thinking about life on earth. Even though he was seen as a wealthy man on earth, he wasn’t recognised in heaven. Neglecting life after death is disastrous. There are many wealthy people in our world today who have no regard for Jesus Christ. They don’t want anything to do with Him. They are not interested in discussions about heaven. Such people are foolish because they will realise in the end that their wealth cannot buy their way into God’s kingdom.

19: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: Matthew 6:19-20

He was selfish. He was so wealthy but yet didn’t reach out to anyone. If we accumulate wealth only to enrich ourselves, with no concern for helping others, we will enter eternity empty-handed.

Why do we do what we do? Jesus challenges us to think beyond our earthly goals and use what we have also for God’s kingdom.

Next week, we will be looking at another parable.

If you would like to read previous parables, please click here.

17 thoughts on “The Parables of Jesus Series | Parable of the Rich Fool

  1. Robert

    I’m being provocative here, but is being rich a blessing? It sounds like a no brainer! But Jesus pronounced blessing on the poor and woe to the rich!

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    1. Woe to the rich who allowed his/her wealth to come in between his/her relationship with Jesus. I think poverty has a way of humbling people. Although possible, it can be challenging to be humble with wealth

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  2. Efua, two things stood out to me about this story. One was that he was hoarding and he was not sharing, so he was selfish, yes. But, the primary thing that jumped out at me has to do with retirement. So many people get this idea that they work so many years and then they retire and then they get to spend the rest of their lives just taking it easy, doing what they want to do, entertaining themselves, etc. without any thought for God and for what he wants from their lives during their retirement years. For, God doesn’t say to follow him until we retire and then we can just live off the fat of the land and sit in our easy chairs and just feed our flesh till we die. He has something for us to do up until the time that he takes us from this earth. So, I think that was a big part of why God got angry with him, because he was thinking only of himself, and he just wanted to waste away the rest of his life in self-indulgence and pleasing his flesh.

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    1. Yes. He was thinking of himself only. He allowed his selfishness and wealth blind him from the things that matters most. Many people save for retirement but never get to live to enjoy their savings. Earthly wealth is just that. Earthly. The worms of the world can eat it up anytime. The treasures we have in heaven is safe forever😊

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  3. Hey hey, thanks for sharing Efua. It is always awesome to revisit biblical stories/parable and be reminded of their truths, no mater how many times we have heard them or how much we think we know about them.

    Thinking beyond our earthly Goals and use what we have also for God’s kingdom – lots to take away in those to points. Really good stuff!

    Peace to you

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  4. It is a sad case when a person’s only desire is to get wealthy. This is where we are in the world right now. This pandemic is a perfect example of how some people are only concern about getting more and more money. The fool and his money will perish.

    Great post Efua. I can see all of these parables coming together in a very successful book. I pray that you will have the time to put it together. I will be one of the first to purchase it. Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much sis for your encouragement. I didn’t think of it turning into a book but now you’ve said it, it sounds like a possibility😁


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