: New Testament Stories

There was a certain rich man who owned much land. And his fields and

vineyards were so productive that when the time of harvest came, he

had not room enough to store his corn and fruits. So after much

thought he said, "This will I do. I will pull down my barns and build

greater ones, and there will I store all my fruits and my goods. Then

I can say to myself, 'I have great store of goods laid up, enough for

many years;
now I can take mine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.'"

But God said unto him, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be

required of thee; then whose shall those things be which thou hast


Jesus says it shall be so with all those who set their minds upon

storing up riches in this world, rather than laying up treasures in

heaven by pleasing God and working in His service. Death will come

when they least expect it, and they will have to leave all their

earthly riches, and go where no treasure has been laid up for them.

And He said unto His disciples, "Take no thought for your life, what

ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on; for the life

is more than meat, and the body more than raiment. For all these

things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knoweth

that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of

God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, for it is

the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what ye have

and give alms; provide yourselves a treasure in the heavens that

faileth not, where no thief approacheth, or moth corrupteth."