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Luke 12:13-34
God's plan for your money

Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 6

Today we are going to take a look at a Scripture that addresses the subject of money.

-Money is a subject that most people are interested in.
-Most people don't think they have enough of it
-Far too often we think about the money and things that other people have
-Television shows, internet channels, ipad apps, radio shows and newspaper sections are devoted to money
-Some people like to flaunt their money and what they have
-A lot of people are not responsible with money--- spending more than they earn, on things they don't need, resulting in great anxiety when the bills come in
-How one acquires money is important-- the Bible doesn't condone gambling for money nor does it condone stealing to get money. Unless inherited or received for by charity due to necessity or disability, money is to be worked for by morally upright means.-in and of itself their is nothing wrong with money and having it
-We are to be wise in our handling of money (saving it, investing it carefully)
-We are in danger of becoming obsessed with money and things, all the while forgetting that God has a plan for us and our money.

In Luke 12:13-34 God's plan for the money entrusted to us is revealed. In this passage a great crowd of thousands of people have crowded around Jesus as he is teaching his disciples. As Jesus teaches, a man appears to interrupt Christ, saying; "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me" From this interruption Jesus launches into a teaching about money and it's purpose

READ LUKE 12:13-34 Note that the two portions go hand in hand

LESSONS FROM Luke 12:13-21-- The Parable of the Rich fool

1. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T SUCCUMB TO GREED AND COVETOUSNESS

Greed is a temptation that most everyone struggles with-- wanting what others have, not being satisfied, being driven to get. Wanting the biggest piece, wanting only the best, wanting to be first.

We are not be pre-occupied with accumulating things. Read v.30

A note on Jesus' words "A man' life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions"

Meaning: What you have materially does not make you important or special in any way. Life is more than about the hoarding and collecting of things. Having the most toys at your death is meaningless.
"Godliness with contentment is great gain" 1 Timothy 6:6

2. The philosophy of eat, drink, and be merry is totally bankrupt, short sighted, and offensive to God. v.19-20

Such a philosophy defines the pleasure seeker. Such a philosophy defines the person who is totally wrapped up in themselves and the hear and now. Such a philosophy defines the person who has forgotten that they have an eternal soul and that each us is must appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of lives and what we have done in the service of King Jesus

A verse to ponder; "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul." Matthew 16:26

3. Those who have been blessed with a lot are expected to be very generous and to give a lot v.21

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" Luke 12:48

Of particular concern for us in our generosity must be the poor and those who have fallen on hard times-- and particularly those who are falling between the cracks of our social system

1 Timothy 6:17-19 says; "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."

APPLICATION:

When was the last time that you responded financially to an appeal to give-- to a family member, to a need in the community, to a person on the sidewalk, for relief of a disaster.

Where are you on the taker-giver continuum?

LESSONS FROM LUKE 12:22-34-- JESUS SPEAKS TO HIS "POOR" DISCIPLES

Context: Jesus' disciples had left their jobs behind when Jesus called. In Luke 18:28 Peter says to Jesus; "We have left all we had to follow you!". Jesus' disciples were involved in full time ministry with Christ. They had no sources of income and so when Jesus says to them "Don't worry about your life; what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear" he had their attention in a special way.

Question: How were the disciples provided for?

The Bible tells us that certain women of means who were Jesus' disciples provided what they needed. Jesus also instructed his disciples to rely on the generosity of those to whom they went as they journeyed from town to town preaching. Later, the Apostle Paul relied on the generosity of the churches that he had founded.


1. Worrying about money or anything else is ineffectual, pointless, a waste of time, and indicates a lack of faith v.28


QUESTION: WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY, DO YOU EVERY FIND YOURSELF GETTING WORRIED AND ANXIOUS ABOUT IT?

I must confess that I've worried and fussed over money.

Since you and I are prone to worrying about money, it's good for us to hear Jesus tell us that worrying about money is a waste of time

All worrying about money or anything does is take away our joy and peace. Such worrying also takes our eyes off Christ. Worry is also bad for our physical and mental health

It's also good to hear Jesus chide us for our lack of faith and trust in God v.28

We are to be people who trust God to meet our needs, who take Him at His Word, who rely on Him and His timing.


2. We are not to worry about money or anything else because we have a Heavenly Father who is more than capable of - and will- meet all of our needs

Jesus uses 2 very interesting examples from nature to make this point

A. God feeds the ravens

In the Jewish world, ravens were unclean birds and hence worthless. More than this they were solitary scavengers that were known to pick at dead carcasses. Yet, God is said to care for their well being and to provide for them-- Jesus' point being that we are worth far more to God than these birds

FYI: Despite the bad reputation of ravens, God used them to bring food to Elijah when he was hiding out from Queen Jezebel and King Ahab.

B. God clothes the lilies of the field

Point: If God looks after these, how much more will he care for and provide for those who love Him and whose hearts are set on honouring and following Him

APPLICATION

Are you trusting God to meet your needs. Are you looking to Him in faith, obedience, and trust?


3. Our first and most important priority in this life is the Kingdom of God and His service. All our resources are to be devoted to this end. v.30-31

Instead of chasing after riches, pleasure, things, and social status, we should pour our energies and resources into the Kingdom of God.

We are to put God first in everything-- our relationships, our schedules, with our money, in our day, etc

Application question: In what ways is God being put first evidenced in our lives?


4. Rich or poor we are to be generous with the money God has entrusted to us-- especially to the poor and needy

Our lives are to be marked by service and sacrifice for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. We are to be known for our love and generosity and our concern and care for the poor, troubled, and needy.

APPLICATION: Our generosity and service in the name of and for Christ will be rewarded!


Herein Jesus speaks of storing up for ourselves treasures in Heaven

We are to use as much of our resources as possible for the advancement of Christ's Kingdom and service of others.


A PROBING QUESTION FOR YOU TO REFLECT UPON:

What percentage of your resources (time, talent, and treasure) go to Kingdom work-- since Jesus identifies the advancement of the Kingdom of God as our chief priority?


CONCLUSION

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR THE MONEY HE HAS ENTRUSTED TO US

This plan necessitates that we guard our hearts against greed and covetousness. We are to not to spend our lives acquiring and chasing after stuff.

If you are presently "light on money" note that God's plan includes an exhortation to not worry over money. Rather, you are to look to Him in faith, trusting Him to meet all your needs-- For He is a perfect Father. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50)

God's plan reminds us that we are accountable to Him for how we use the financial and material blessings that He entrusts to us

All our resources are to be devoted to the work and service of Christ's Kingdom-- make sure your life and will reflects this. Don't hold anything back

Whether we have a little or a lot of money, God expects us to give to the poor, the needy, and those in crisis. Generosity in the name of Christ is to distinguish us.