Luke 12: 16-21 “And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’  “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain 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?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Jesus tells this parable after ignoring the man who wanted justice from his brother and to gain from an inheritance.

In the centre of all that Jesus says are 3 words, well 1 word actually, anapauó which is translated ‘take life easy’.

The ground of a rich man gives him an abundant harvest – take life easy.

The barns of this now abundantly rich man were too small, so he worked only because he wanted to take life easy.

He built bigger barns to take life easy.

But he was a fool to take life easy.

That night his life was taken from him too easily.


This man actually was a poor man.

Those who have most usually appear to have the least.

Those who are powerful struggle to get on the floor.

Those who have done it all don’t usually do it now.

Those who treat others harshly have lost grace for their own lives.

Death is closer to life than we realise.

Live for self and there is no legacy when life is soon over.

Instead of taking life easy make life easy for someone else and you will know what it is to be truly rich.

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