The Parable of the Rich Fool

“Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses…” Luke 12:15

Parable of the Rich Fool

Parable of the Rich Fool

The man in this parable had been blessed with a bountiful harvest…after planting the  seed , the LORD blessed the ground with sunshine and rain and a bumper crop was the result.  Notice he does not ask God what he should do with “his” surplus, but decides to put a lot of extra work into tearing down  his old barns and building greater ones making the erroneous assumption that he would be around a long time to enjoy his surplus.  The LORD called him a fool because that very night his soul was being “recalled”, and he was entering eternity a pauper ! How can we teach kids to be “rich toward God”?  First we must be good examples of having embraced contentment. ( 1 Timothy 6:6-8)  “…but godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and clothing (covering), with these we shall be content…”and later on in the chapter Paul gives Timothy instructions to the wealthy…to be rich in good works and willing to share , “storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come…”

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Half of the worksheet is a coloring page.  The other side can be used for a collage utilizing pictures from magazines to  show what we can be  greedy for:  sports equipment, electronic gadgets, luxury items, toys, collectables…anything that is hoarded and is in excess of what we need to be content. The figure and verse  then can be cut out and glued on top of the collage  Another option is to use the space for drawing your own illustrations.

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