Summary: This Sermon Deals With Stewardship. It Asks Us To Evaluate How Much Is Really Enough. Is There Any Amount Of Money That Will Truly Make Us Content.
Money- When Will We Ever Have Enough
5/2/99 Ecclesiastes 4:4-8 1 Timothy 6:17-19
A rich man wanted to make sure he had enough money with him in order to go to heaven. He learned that he would die in a few days. He called his three friends: a doctor, preacher, and lawyer to his bedside. He said, "The preacher has told me that you can’t take it with you, but I believe I have worked out a way so that I can. Doc tells me that I won’t live long, so I have prepared three sealed envelopes, each containing $10,000. When I die, I want each of you to walk by the casket and drop in your envelope with the $10,000."
A short time later, they attended his funeral and then met together. The preacher said, "I’ve got a confession to make. We’ve been needing to repair the organ in the church for a long time, and I took $2,000 out of Bill’s envelope and used it on the organ." The doctor said, "This makes it easier for me, because I took $5,000 out and used it for my new clinic and only dropped in $5,000." The lawyer said, "Well, my conscience is clear. I did just what Bill said. I kept my envelope, picked up both of yours and dropped in a check for the whole amount of $30,000."
When it comes to money, we have all kinds of reaction. Ever heard someone say, "I don’t want nobody to know how much I make?" Is it because the person wants others to think he is richer than he is, or that he is poorer than he is. If you ask a person who makes $20,000 a year, what would be a good paying job, she would probably say making at least $30,000. If you ask a person making $30,000 a year the same question, she would say $50,000.
If you ask the person making $50,000 he would say $75,000 and on and on it would go. Most people think a good salary is one that pays more than they are making. Do you realize that if you own your home, have two cars, and kind of retirement plant, you have more wealth than 98% of the world’s population. You are in the top 2% of the world’s richest people. Probably most if not all of us here are in the top 10% of the world’s richest people even though we claim we are broke and don’t have anything.
Money is something which is neither good or bad. It’s what we do with our attitude toward money that makes the difference. Our attitude toward life determines if we will ever have enough money. The Bible is filled with teachings on money. The worst thing we can do with money is to fall in love with it. That means we will never be satisfied no matter how much of it we get. For the Bible tells us is Eccl 5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
Money is an important topic for us to deal with, because Jesus teaches us that if our financial lives are out of order, our spiritual lives will also be out of order. Jesus said in Luke 16:11 , if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches." So we have to demonstrate we can properly handle the money God has given to us, in order for God to develop us spiritually into what He wants us to be by giving us spiritual wealth.