Summary: This message will contrast 2 investors that Jesus talks about in Luke (a smart guy and a fool)and it will teach us what the only fail safe investment is. (Money Matter pt 2)
Fail Safe Investing
Money Matters – part two
LAST WEEK – we began a brand new message series that we are calling, ‘Money Matters.’ AND – in that message we talked about how all of us needed to begin thinking differently about money… SPECIFICALLY – we talked about 5 new ways of thinking about money…
Money Is Not The Answer
LISTEN – if you think that money… AND – having more of it is the answer to all your problems, heartache and worries…YOU – are wrong! Money is not the way the truth and the life… Jesus is – Jesus is the answer.
You Are Rich
LAST WEEK – we learned that it’s all in who we compare ourselves too. YES IF – we compare ourselves to Bill gates, and to sports, music and movie stars… we may not feel all that rich… BUT – if we compare ourselves to the billions of other people in this world’s it’s a totally different story. IF – you make 36,000 a year you make more then 97% of the world’s population… IF – you have running water, electricity… food in the cabinet you are richer then over 1 billion people. 3 billion people around the world went to bad hungry last night…AND – they will go to bed hungry tonight… You’re rich.
None Of Your Money Is Yours
LISTEN - every thing you have belongs to God… Not just 10%... BUT – all of it. Get it? NOW - the early church got it… Acts 4:32 says;
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. – Acts 4:32
WE – also said last week that since every thing belongs to God… THAT - one day God is coming back to ask us what we have done with His stuff… AND – since that divine audit is on it’s way… MANY - of us took the challenge starting last week to do things right financially in 2005… SO THAT – we will be ready when that divine audit comes! (Good Sense – How To Get A Grip On HIS Cash) )
It’s Okay To Enjoy Money
The bible says in 1 Timothy 6; “…the living God, richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment… AGAIN - IF you are honoring God with your money… IF YOU ARE - using your money to advance His kingdom… IF YOU ARE - giving to His church… IF YOU ARE – helping the less fortunate here and around the world… DON’T – feel guilty if you go a vacation, buy a nice car, get your kids something really cool for Christmas…or take your family out to dinner… Enjoy it! have fun! AND REMEMBER – to always thank God for flowing some of HIS stuff your way
AND – the 5th new way of thinking about money is that…
Money Can Lead To Real Life…
AGAIN – from 1 Timothy 6; Tell those who are rich in this world… to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will …take hold of real life.
OKAY - that’s what we talked about last week… It was a FUN message to share… I’ve had nothing but positive comments about it. AND – I am so pumped about what God is going to do in our lives and in our church… as we embrace this new way of think (about money)…
THIS MORNING – we are going to talk about fail safe investing… BY THE WAY – how safe are your investments? Are they secure? 100% secure? Are you confident that they will be there when you need them? That they will give you the returns that you want?
NOW - our study this morning is really going to be a study in contrasts… AND – the contrast is going to be between 2 investors that Jesus talked about during the final weeks of His life…ONE GUY - we met last week… (but let’s met him again)
15Then Jesus said, "Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own."16And he gave an illustration: "A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17In fact, his barns were full to overflowing. 18So he said, `I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store everything. 19And I’ll sit back and say to myself, My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!’ 20"But God said to him, `You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get it all?’ 21"Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God."