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The Teaching of Jesus - regarding Money

October 13, 2019

 

               Text: Luke 12:13-34

 

The Occasion

               “Tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”

     Footnotes:    

         The law of inheritance was already settled. (Deut. 21:17)
         The eldest son would get a double portion.  This son
             (likely NOT the eldest) was bemoaning that he would not
             get as much as he wanted or thought he deserved.  It is
             amazing how greedy families become when someone passes. 

 

                  We all have a natural inclination to

                  selfishness, greed, and materialism.

 

The Warning

               “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of       
                    greed; 
for not even when one has an abundance
                    does his life 
consist of his possessions.”

     Footnotes:

            Greed can take many forms.  Hoarding, miserliness, envy,
            jealousy, misplaced security. Possessions do not make a life,
            nor does the abundance of possessions bring happiness.

 

The Parable

           The rich man who did not have enough storage to
              protect all his harvest of crops.

           He said, 'I will tear down my barns and build bigger barns,  
              then I will be secure and will take my ease.’

           God said, ‘You fool! You will die tonight, then who will
              benefit from what you have prepared?’

     Footnotes:

           When we die we leave behind all of our material possessions.
               One miserly man insisted that when he died he wanted to
           take his half of the marital estate with him.  His humble wife
           agreed.  On the day that he was buried just before the casket
           was lowered into the ground, the wife insisted that the casket
           be opened, and she gently placed an envelope on her husband’s
           chest.  The minister witnessed this and ask the widow if she was
           ok.  She replied, “oh yes, we had an agreement that he would
           take half of our estate with him to the grave, so I just totaled
           it up and wrote him a check.”

 

The Truth

          So is the man (a fool) who stores up treasure for himself,
              and is not rich toward God.

     Footnotes:
               The eternal truth declared by Jesus.  If you are not rich
               toward God, you are a foolish indeed.  If you think God
               will be impressed by your accumulation of wealth, you
               are sadly mistaken.  Consider this, the streets of heaven
               are paved with gold.

 

The Teaching for the Disciples

      DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR PHYSICAL NEEDS,
           FOR LIFE IS MORE THAN THE BODY.

                Worry has no benefit

                Your Father knows what you need

      SEEK HIS KINGDOM; MAKE THIS YOUR PURSUIT

                Do not be afraid, for your Father will give you
                   the kingdom

      SELL YOUR POSSESSIONS AND GIVE TO THE NEEDY

                Lay up your treasures in heaven

      WHAT YOU TREASURE IS ALWAYS A REFLECTION OF
           YOUR HEART

 

The Application for Us

            Do not worry about stuff

            Pursue the praise of God; always seek to please Him

                 Don’t be afraid to make THIS your life’s goal!

            Sell your possessions. (Get rid of what possesses
                 you.)

            Guard your heart from materialism, selfishness, and
                 greed.

            Be wise in what you treasure
 

     Footnotes:

             Do not worry

             Always seek to please Him (John 8:29) “ I always do the things
                 that are pleasing to Him.”

             What you cannot live without is likely what you need to get rid
                 of the most.  What you possess often possesses you.  Hold
                 onto the things of this world with an open hand.

             Proactively guard your heart.  Consider carefully purchasing
                 things for which your desire is unhealthy.  Consider that
                 you may be purchasing the very idol that will rob you of
                 your love for God.  Generosity is not measured in the amount
                 you give, but by the amount you have remaining.

             Show care in what you permit your heart to desire, and your

                energies to pursue.  Don’t go into debt for something you
                want, nor for what you need.   Consider that as God’s family
                we are to help provide for one another’s needs. (2 Cor. 8:7-15)

 

 

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