November 19, 2017: Luke 12:16-21, Read for Older Children





The Lord spoke this parable,
“The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
As he said these things, Jesus cried out: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

What does it mean, that the land “brought forth plentifully”? Was that good or bad for the rich man?
What do you think of the man’s plans to build bigger barns?
Why do you think God didn’t like those plans?
If you were there, what would you have told the rich man to do with all his extra crops? Would God like your plan for them? Why or why not?
What does it mean to “lay up treasure” for yourself?
What can we learn from this parable?
What kind of treasure do you want to have in your life? What are you doing about it?