Summary: The testimony of a fool! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: chapter 12 verses
This week I read a little prayer that someone prayed…
• “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray my house, my home to keep.
• I pray my stocks are on the rise, and that my analyst is wise.
• That all the wine I sip is white, and that my hot tub’s watertight.
• The steak I eat will not be tough, that all my sushi’s fresh enough.
• I pray my mobile phone still works, that my career won’t lose its perks.
• My microwave won’t radiate, my caravan won’t depreciate.
• I pray my health club doesn’t close, and that my money market grows.
• If I go broke before I wake, I pray my Volvo they won’t take.”
• This funny little tongue-in-cheek prayer:
• Represents someone’s idea of what’s important in their life.
This uncomfortable little passage from Luke’s gospel:
• Forces us to look at our lives and ask ourselves that question;
• “What is really important in life?”
Our Bible passage this morning tells the story of a man who has plenty;
• In fact more than plenty;
• Everything in his garden is rosy! He is enjoying what we call ‘the good life!’
Need to pause here:
• Because some of you are saying; ‘lucky old him”.
• You may feel that this story does not apply to you this morning.
• After all, you may have a pile of bills that need paying;
• You may have a gig mortgage & a monthly wage that is in desperate need of an increase!
That might all be true;
• But this story can very much apply to you and me because we are actually very rich.
• We live in a country, with one of the highest living standards in the entire world.
• The life we enjoy is far above and beyond most of the world can hope for;
• They can only imagine what we so often take for granted!
• If you have had an education and know how to read,
• Then you are more blessed that over two billion people in the world;
• That cannot read anything at all.
• If you woke up this morning with more health than illness,
• You are more blessed than the million people who won’t survive the week.
• If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back,
• A roof over your head and a place to sleep,
• You are richer than 75% of this world.
• If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change lying in a dish,
• You are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
• And if you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,
• Arrest, torture, or death,
• You are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.
It’s amazing how humbling this realization is;
• To know that the poorest of us in this room;
• Are richer than most of the rest of the world and yet so often we are still not content!
• Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family wrote,
• “Though I can make no claim to wealth,
• I have tasted most of the things Americans hunger for;
• New cars, an attractive home, and gadgets and devices which promise to set us free.
• Looking at those materialistic possessions from the other side of the cash register,
• I can tell you that they don’t deliver the satisfaction they advertise!
• On the contrary, I have found great wisdom in the adage,
• ‘That which you own will eventually own you!’
• How true that is.
• So often when we surrender our hard earned pounds for a new object;
• We then become obligated to maintain and protect it;
• Instead of its contributing to my pleasure,
• I must spend my precious time, oiling it, mowing it, painting it, repairing it,
• Cleaning it, or calling up some charity to come and haul it off!
• The time I might have invested in worthwhile family activities;
• Is spent in slavery to a depreciating piece of junk.”
Dad & coins.
• So often we sell ourselves short!
• Focus on what we assume is valuable instead of that which is truly valuable!
(1). AN INAPROPRIATE INTERUPTION (vs 13):
“Someone in the crowd said to him,
"Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
• Remember the context is Jesus teaching his disciples,
• There were many in the crowd (eavesdropping) listening in to what Jesus said.
• Suddenly Jesus is interrupted by a man;
• Who is not at all interested in learning about what Jesus was teaching,