Text (Luke 12:16-20) And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do. I will tear down by barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat drink and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (New International Version)
Good Morning! I like thinking about my favorite things. Do you have a favorite thing? What are some of your favorite things?
I happen to like my lawn tractor and my television.
Peter told Luke this Parable that Jesus told him, it is called “The Parable of the Rich Fool.” (Read or tell the Parable from Luke 12:16-20)
When I die, do I get to keep my tractor or my television? Do you get to keep your favorite things?
Every day we are reminded in our daily newspapers that we can’t take our favorite things with us when we die. When I am looking through the ads looking for something I stumble across an item that I am pretty sure someone died and the item is for sale. Or maybe an Estate Sale ad will be in the newspaper. An Estate Sale is a sale of a person’s possessions after they die. Here are a couple of examples. Do you think that person liked this item? I bet he or she did.
When Jesus told the Parable of the Rich Fool he was telling the rest of us, not to become so attached to things. Is Jesus telling us to share with others too?
When you see who really loves his or her favorite thing. Remember your daily newspapers, sooner or later that favorite thing will be classified.
Hymn “Abide With Me”¾ William H. Monk
Prayer-Dear Lord, Thank you for your parables and help us learn from them. Thank you for our favorite earthly things, and our friends to share them with. Amen
Prop- The Newspaper Classified Section. I’m also going to give the children two real life examples of people who thought they could take it with them.
by William Bode