Summary: There is a consequence to pay when one does not heed the warnings of God
THE CONSEQUENCE OF IGNORING
Lu 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Lu 12:17 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. (KJV)
INTRODUCTION: Vs. 21 carries a heavy consequence with it. 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (KJV)
Imagine yourself in the fire of hell forever and ever. Go home today and turn your kitchen stove burner on and let it get red hot. After it is red hot place your hand on it and leave it there all day and all night. What ever the torment that would be it would be nothing compared to the torment of Hell. Hell is real and actual. It is functioning this very minute. There are millions and millions of people screaming in the torments of hell as I speak. Everyone of them will still be there 10 million years from now. There is nothing that can bring about an escape for them. They are trapped. Their residency in hell is permanent and eternal. If we could somehow roll back the earth and look into the pits of hell we would see those who are eternally paying for their soul. The only way they could have avoided it is to have made their preparation while in this life. To wait until after death is too late, and is also complete doom. Because we can’t see hell in action and hear the noise we seem to forget about it. That does’t change one thing about the reality of Hell.
There is a consequence of ignoring God’s warnings.
I. THE CONSEQUENCE OF DYING WITHOUT CHRIST!
“Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee:” What that is saying is this: You will have to pay for your soul. Money won’t buy it – enegry won’t buy it – hoping won’t buy it – intention won’t buy it. Every soul will either be paid for by the blood of Christ or an eternity of suffering in hell. Think about that stove – only thing different is your whole body buring for all eternity. Never a moment of relief. When an unsaved soul dies it is the greatest of all tragadies.
Re 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
These two verses tell us that every person who does not have their name written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire. That is not fiction, nor fable, it is truth. Every unsaved person alive right now are headed for that lake of fire, if they don’t get saved first.
A. His Wealth Did Him No Good.
He wasn’t a fool because of bad business ventures. He was a fool because he rejected the love of God. 1Jo 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (KJV)
He was very wealthy, yet it did him no good in eternity. Eternity is not about wealth and collecting things, rather about what a person does with the warning from God about their soul.
B. His Intellect Did Him No Good.
He wasn’t a fool because of the lack of intelligence. He had collected a large amount of goods. He was a fool because He didn’t heed the warning of God. Notice he had nothing left after the satisfying of of the requirement for his soul. “: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? They weren’t going to be his. Why would anyone seek to collect large amount of earthly goods, at the cost of their own soul?
There is nothing that can satisfy the cry of his soul now.
Listen to the rich man in Luke 16.
Lu 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: