Summary: The testimony of a fool! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

Reading: chapter 12 verses


This week I read a little prayer that someone prayed…

• “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray my house, my home to keep.

• I pray my stocks are on the rise, and that my analyst is wise.

• That all the wine I sip is white, and that my hot tub’s watertight.

• The steak I eat will not be tough, that all my sushi’s fresh enough.

• I pray my mobile phone still works, that my career won’t lose its perks.

• My microwave won’t radiate, my caravan won’t depreciate.

• I pray my health club doesn’t close, and that my money market grows.

• If I go broke before I wake, I pray my Volvo they won’t take.”

• This funny little tongue-in-cheek prayer:

• Represents someone’s idea of what’s important in their life.

This uncomfortable little passage from Luke’s gospel:

• Forces us to look at our lives and ask ourselves that question;

• “What is really important in life?”

Our Bible passage this morning tells the story of a man who has plenty;

• In fact more than plenty;

• Everything in his garden is rosy! He is enjoying what we call ‘the good life!’

Need to pause here:

• Because some of you are saying; ‘lucky old him”.

• You may feel that this story does not apply to you this morning.

• After all, you may have a pile of bills that need paying;

• You may have a gig mortgage & a monthly wage that is in desperate need of an increase!

That might all be true;

• But this story can very much apply to you and me because we are actually very rich.

• We live in a country, with one of the highest living standards in the entire world.

• The life we enjoy is far above and beyond most of the world can hope for;

• They can only imagine what we so often take for granted!



• If you have had an education and know how to read,

• Then you are more blessed that over two billion people in the world;

• That cannot read anything at all.


• If you woke up this morning with more health than illness,

• You are more blessed than the million people who won’t survive the week.


• If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back,

• A roof over your head and a place to sleep,

• You are richer than 75% of this world.


• If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change lying in a dish,

• You are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.


• And if you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,

• Arrest, torture, or death,

• You are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.

It’s amazing how humbling this realization is;

• To know that the poorest of us in this room;

• Are richer than most of the rest of the world and yet so often we are still not content!


• Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family wrote,

• “Though I can make no claim to wealth,

• I have tasted most of the things Americans hunger for;

• New cars, an attractive home, and gadgets and devices which promise to set us free.

• Looking at those materialistic possessions from the other side of the cash register,

• I can tell you that they don’t deliver the satisfaction they advertise!

• On the contrary, I have found great wisdom in the adage,

• ‘That which you own will eventually own you!’

• How true that is.

• So often when we surrender our hard earned pounds for a new object;

• We then become obligated to maintain and protect it;

• Instead of its contributing to my pleasure,

• I must spend my precious time, oiling it, mowing it, painting it, repairing it,

• Cleaning it, or calling up some charity to come and haul it off!

• The time I might have invested in worthwhile family activities;

• Is spent in slavery to a depreciating piece of junk.”


Dad & coins.

• So often we sell ourselves short!

• Focus on what we assume is valuable instead of that which is truly valuable!


“Someone in the crowd said to him,

"Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

• Remember the context is Jesus teaching his disciples,

• There were many in the crowd (eavesdropping) listening in to what Jesus said.

• Suddenly Jesus is interrupted by a man;

• Who is not at all interested in learning about what Jesus was teaching,

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