This story is found in the Bible in Luke 12:16-21. Jesus told this parable to the crowd of people who were following him. He starts off by saying, “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.'” (NKJV)
The ground of a certain rich man speaks to us of our own minds. It is interesting to note that this parable speaks of a certain rich man. The word certain indicates that he is inherently good. Having no room to store his crops is like having a mind that is cluttered with the cares of the world and other worldly pursuits. Pulling down his barns and building bigger ones is like enlarging our already bursting minds to store even more of what we have reaped in our lives. In this case, it pictures reaping worldly things and this is not good.
The parable goes on to say: “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This night your soul will be required of you. Then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.”
We may think that we have many years to live yet before our soul is required of us but we do not know when we are going to pass on. So God says, ‘You fool!’ The warning is to lay up treasure for God, which is a life of usefulness and love for other people for the glory of God. it is about being loving, generous, compassionate, and forgiving, to name a few things. Jesus describes the man as a certain rich man, which means that he is a good man. So we can take hope from this. God can redeem us and help us to change our ways. He can help us to become the person we were created to be and inherit a place in heaven.