It seems rather contradictory to me that Jesus, who was so gentle, (Matt 19: 13-15) at times would call some people fools.
It seems rather contradictory to me that Jesus, who was so gentle, (Matt 19: 13-15) at times would call some people fools. Yet, as recorded in the Gospels a number of times, our Lord used this negative term to describe those He spoke about; especially the Pharisees (see Matt. 23: 17-19; Luke 11: 39-40).
Jesus also used the word ‘fool’ in a parable after warning a man about covetousness. (Luke 12: 13-21). What made the man foolish is not the fact that he built bigger barns to store his abundant harvest (vs 16-18). It would have been more foolish of him to leave it out in the fields where inclement weather would spoil it. Neither was he foolish because he thought that the unexpected windfall was enough to last him a long time (vs. 19). After all, we are urged to follow the example of the ant in ‘storing up’ the harvest (Prov. 6: 6-8).
What made the man foolish? He left God out of the picture. He was called a fool because he failed to realize that his life was in God’s hands. While he was planning carefully for his comfortable life on earth, he failed to plan for eternity and store up treasures in heaven. (Matt 6: 20).
Does your plan for the future has God in it? You won’t want to be called foolish by Him in the end. Following Jesus demands our all. ‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.’ – Jim Elliot.
Prayer – Lord, I want to be sold out to you. I want to love you with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Give
me the power to be who you want me to be and to walk in your ways.