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Summary: This is the 1st sermon in the "Kingdom Business" series. This sermon is about the stewardship of life and the most important decision one can make.

Sunday Morning January 6, 2002 Bel Aire Baptist Church

Series: Kingdom Business [#1]

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

Matthew 19:16-26 (quickview) 

Introduction:

1. When I say the word stewardship what is the first thing that comes to mind? Now you can be honest. I’m sure your first thought is money, but money is only a very small component of stewardship.

2. The word for “steward” in the Greek means “to manage” or “to administrate”.

3. God is the giver of all things and He has made us stewards over all that he has given us. That means everything we have is actually on loan from God. It is not ours. We are supposed to manage it.

4. Our very existence is from God. God has given us a lifetime to manage. We can manage this lifetime however we choose. Notice I said this lifetime. Once you die your time of choosing is over. Your destination at that point has already been decided.

5. Turn with me to Matthew 19:16-26 (quickview) .

The Dialogue

The Young Man

Let’s notice several characteristics about this man.

1. He was young.

2. He was rich.

3. He had position in society.

Obviously this was not enough. He wanted more. He wanted to obtain eternal life and he believed that Jesus was the man that could give it to him.

Notice the young man’s question: “What good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

See he had money, position, influence, good health and many years of life to look forward to, or did he?

This is still a common misconception 2000 years later. “I am going to make it to Heaven because I have been good. I have not killed anyone, I have not committed adultery, I have not stolen anything, I am not a liar, I treat my parents well, and I treat the people around me well.”

The young man thought that surely he would make it because he was a good person. But, just to be sure he asked Jesus, “What else do I need to do?”

Jesus

Jesus simply tells the young man that if he wants to spend eternity in Heaven he must surrender everything to God. Even his money. Understand that Jesus is not telling us that we must be poor to be saved. He is saying that we must surrender our entire life over to Him. Even those things that we hold close to our hearts.

The Decision

Matthew 19:22 (quickview)  is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. The young man walked away saddened. See he was willing to do most things for eternal life, but give up all of his money? That was asking too much.

For the young man, the problem was money. If you have never surrendered your life to Jesus and you have walked away, what is keeping you from saying yes?

In verse 25 the disciples ask an extremely important question. “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus answered this question in John 3:16 (quickview) .

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

So who can be saved? Everyone!

So you must believe in Jesus Christ and surrender your life to Him to be saved. Is that right?

Listen! I am going to share with you how you can be saved.

1. Realize that you are a sinner. The young man in this story never figured that out. I don’t care how nice you are. How benevolent you are. How intelligent you are. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”(Romans 3:23 (quickview) ). You have to realize that you are a sinner.


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