Summary: Jesus warns us in this parable of the danger of pursuing the wrong treasure all our life, even finding it, and then discovering we have missed discovering life’s eternal treasure. Such eternal treasure is found in our relationship with Him.
July 14-15, 2001
Luke 12:13-21 (New International Version)
13Someone in the crowd said to him, ¡§Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.¡¨
14Jesus replied, ¡§Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?¡¨ 15Then he said to them, ¡§Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man¡¦s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.¡¨
16And he told them this parable: ¡§The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, ¡¥What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.¡¦
18¡§Then he said, ¡¥This is what I¡¦ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I¡¦ll say to myself, ¡§You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.¡¨¡¦
20¡§But God said to him, ¡¥You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?¡¦
21¡§This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.¡¨
INTRODUCTION: What would you do for $10,000,000?
What would you be willing to do for ten million dollars? In their book, The Day America Told the Truth, James Patterson and Peter Kim reveal some shocking statistics about how far people in this country are willing to go for ten million.
„h 25% Would abandon their entire family.
„h 23% Would abandon their church.
„h 23% Would become prostitutes for a week or more.
„h 16% Would give up their American citizenship.
„h 16% Would leave their spouses.
„h 10% Would withhold testimony and let a murderer go free.
„h 7% Would kill a stranger.
„h 3% Would put their children up for adoption.
The question, is would it still be worth ten million dollars a year later? Let’s face it we live in a wealthy country with people who want to be wealthier -- isn’t that the attraction of lotto fever, or casino gambling, or the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes?
It is easy to condemn this wealthy farmer in the parable, but most would see him as a successful American. He would agree with the Michael Douglass character in Wall Street, "Greed is good!" Or the athlete in Jerry McGuire, "Show me the money! Show me some love" which in case you didn’t see the movie, love equals money.
Jesus warns us in this parable of the danger of pursuing the wrong treasure all our life, even finding it, and then discovering we have missed discovering life’s eternal treasure. Such eternal treasure is found in our relationship with Him. Today let’s look at 3 Clues to Discovering Life’s Eternal Treasure.
One of the most enduring dreams is the idea of becoming a treasure hunter. Start with nothing, or just a map, and then suddenly to be made rich beyond my wildest imagination. The key to the treasure hunter’s success is some kind of secret knowledge or unearthed map. He discovers a hidden map, or she translates a cryptic message, and immediately the location of an unknown treasure is revealed.