Summary: TRANSFORMED: Financial Health – Luke chapter 12 verses 13-21 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com
(1). An Inappropriate Interruption (vs 13).
(2). An Unexpected Answer (vs 14).
(3). An Intelligent Insight (vs 17-20):
• (3a). In planning for himself, he forgot his neighbour (vs 17-19)
• (3b). In considering his goods, he forgot the giver (vs 20).
• (3c). In providing for his body, he forgot his soul (vs 18-20)
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 Lexus they won’t take.”
• This funny little tongue-in-cheek prayer:
• Represents someone’s idea of what’s important in their life.
• To many people money is high on their list of priorities;
• Because the more you have the more ‘stuff’ you can acquire and enjoy!
• Over 32 million people in the UK play the National Lottery each week;
• And buy an average of three tickets each time,
• Despite the chances of winning being just one in 14 million.
• People are buying into the dream, that money will not only change their lives;
• But will change it for the better.
• Now whereas money is important;
• It is limited in what it can do.
• “Money can buy a bed but not sleep;
• Money can buy books but not brains;
• Money can buy a clock but not time
• Money can buy food but not appetite;
• Money can buy finery but not beauty;
• Money can buy a house but not a home;
• Money can buy medicine but not health;
• Money can buy position but not respect
• Money can buy blood but not life
• Money can buy sex but not love
• Money can buy insurance but not safety
• Money can buy food but not appetite
• Money can buy luxuries but not culture;
• Money can buy amusements but not happiness;
• Money can buy a cross but not a saviour;
• Money can buy a passport to everywhere but not to heaven”.
• TRANSITION: Money is important;
• It is limited in what it can do.
• Now this uncomfortable little passage from Luke’s gospel:
• Gives us some good advice regarding financial health.
• 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!
• We would say, he is enjoying what we call ‘the good life!’
Need to pause here:
• Because some of you are thinking; ‘lucky old him”.
• You may feel that this story does not apply to you this morning.
• Because after all, you may have a pile of bills at home that need paying;
• And a monthly wage that is in desperate need of an increase!
• Now all 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 rest of the world;
• 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.