Summary: Money, Selfishness, Treasure in Heaven
3/20/2011 – Nampa, ID
Luke 12:15-21 THEME: COVETOUSNESS WILL NOT SATISFY THE PASSIONS OF THE FLESH
“15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
“15 Y díjoles: Mirad, y guardaos de toda avaricia; porque la vida del hombre no consiste en la abundancia de los bienes que posee. 16 Y refirióles una parábola, diciendo: La heredad de un hombre rico había llevado mucho; 17 Y él pensaba dentro de sí, diciendo: ¿qué haré, porque no tengo donde juntar mis frutos? 18 Y dijo: Esto haré: derribaré mis alfolíes, y los edificaré mayores, y allí juntaré todos mis frutos y mis bienes; 19 Y diré á mi alma: Alma, muchos bienes tienes almacenados para muchos años; repósate, come, bebe, huélgate. 20 Y díjole Dios: Necio, esta noche vuelven á pedir tu alma; y lo que has prevenido, ¿de quién será? 21 Así es el que hace para sí tesoro, y no es rico en Dios.”
Money can be hazardous to your health.
Two medical researchers at the University of Louisville have been looking into the question and have found that "13%" of the coins and 42% of the paper money carry disease-producing organisms." Small denomination coins and bills are more dangerous because of their rapid turnover.
Money is the leading cause of disagreements in marriages.
Here's a weighty one: Money (or the lack thereof) is the biggest stress inducer in the lives of Americans. We worry more about money than our marriages, or our health. http://weirdfactshere.blogspot.com/2007/10/41-money-weird-facts-that-will-blow-you.html
INTRODUCTION: JESUS AND MONEY
• Jesus talked a great deal about money.
• Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions.
• In the Gospels, an amazing one out of 10 verses (288 in all) deals directly with the subject of money.
• The Bible offers more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions.
(Howard Dayton, Jr., James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 372.)
In the Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus gives us a lesson on the failures of selfish over indulgence.