Text: Luke 12:16-21
Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luk 12:18 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.
Luk 12:19 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.
Luk 12:20 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?
Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
- A nation/territory that is controlled or ruled by a king
- In a kingdom the king owns everything
- Kingdom is different from democracy – where leaders are elected. Kings are not elected.
- The citizens of the kingdom are to serve the king
- The citizens are supposed to look and act like the king or reflect the culture of the king
- Nigeria was colonized by Great Britain, that is why we wear neck ties, speak English, and drink tea.
- Brazil was colonized by Portugal, that is why they speak Portuguese
- The wealth of the king is reflected upon the citizens
- In a kingdom the wealth is common. That is why we have commonwealth
- In a democracy, the wealth of the president does not affect the citizens
- Democracy is based on ownership, while kingdom is based on access – having access to the King’s resources
- When a king wants to colonize, he sends his citizens to the nation to colonize them
- The kingdom of God is to be established on earth
- Jesus Christ is the King, while we are the citizens
- 1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
- We were sent to colonize the world – teach the entire world the way of the Lord (Kingdom) –
- Math 28:19-20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- Unfortunately, rather than colonizing the world, the world is colonizing many believers.
Why Luke 12:16-21?
Sometimes we understand a situation better when we are exposed to the other side.
This man was living a worldly life and not a kingdom life
5 Mistakes this man made by living a worldly lifestyle – this is a trap we must not fall into
- He thought the riches belonged to him
- He thought he was secure with his riches
- He put his hopes on the riches
- He thought amassing more wealth will make him happy and secure
- He was not rich towards God
The capitalist society of America will have you believe that what this man did was justified.
However, that is based on capitalist ideology, not a kingdom ideology
If you think like this man:
- You will find it difficult to pay your tithe because you think it belongs to you
- You will find it difficult to give to those in need
- You will think that the more money you have, the more secure your future is
- You will put your trust in how much you have in the bank
- When you have no money, you will be depressed
- You will fall easily to the temptation of the enemy and may even steal
- Judas Iscariot was like this man – Mar 14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. Mar 14:11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
- He was stealing from the money bag
- He betrayed Jesus for money
- Ananias and Saphira were like this man – Act 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, Act 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
- They lied to keep some money, even though it was theirs, and they paid for it with their lives
- Demas was like this man – 2Ti 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
- Anyone who has a worldly mentality can never finish their race well
- The enemy will succeed in derailing their walk with the Lord
- Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
- Cursed be those that put their trust in anything but the Lord God
Luke 12:22-30 – we are not supposed to worry about things that we can have access to
Luke 12:31, Math 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
- We have things backwards. We seek first the things that are supposed to be added unto us, rather than seeking the kingdom first.
- We are to be rich towards God first – Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
- We must not put the carriage before the horse
- This is not to say you are not to work or not to save
- It is saying, get your priorities in the right place. Put things in the right perspective.
- Psa 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psa 20:8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Psa 20:9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.
- We will put our trust in God and not in riches
- Those who trust in riches are brought down and fallen
- We, who trust in God, are risen and stand upright
Living The Kingdom Life says:
- Your riches belongs to the King
- The King provides security
- Your hope is in the King
- Access to the King’s resources is better than ownership
- You are a custodian/manager, not an owner
- Use the resources in your care wisely and not selfishly
- You are blessed so you can be a blessing to others, not just to yourself
- You can’t live the Kingdom life without being in the kingdom
- You must be a citizen of the kingdom to live the kingdom life
- To be a citizen, you must give your life to the King – The King who gave His life for you
- The King who is preparing a place for you – not just any place, but a mansion
- The King who left His throne and died like a common criminal so that He can give you eternal life
- His name is Jesus Christ
- Rev 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
- No earthly king will give their life for the citizens, but this King gave up His life on the cross, so that the citizens will not suffer
- This King is offering you the gift of eternal life in His Kingdom right now.
- Would you like to accept this gift?
- Would you like to become a citizen of His kingdom?