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Christianity 105: Manage Money Well     Luke 16:13-15, 19-31
(HCSB)     April 29, 2012


Introduction

      I think being a committed tither helps one to manage their money better. I believe most of the fine witnesses in the churches I have pastored have been right with God in money matters


 

1.   Manage Your Money Well . . Recognize Your Master. Lk. 16:13-15

       A.   Recognize Your Master . . Serve God not Money. 16:13-14

13 No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or

       he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money.”

       14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at Him.

 

       B.   Recognize Your Master . . Seek to be Pleasing in the Sight of God. 16:15

15 And He told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your

       hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight.


       Jesus said. “ you cannot serve two masters.” For many reasons some people seek to justify themselves rather than agreeing with God as to how we can be justified. People who have money many times are treated differently than those without.   When Jesus told the story about the widows mite he said she gave more than all the rest. Obviously she did not give a total amount more than anyone but she gave the largest percentage. She was pleasing in God’s sight and so should all of us desire to be admired by God, not people.


 

2.   Manage Money Well . . Realize Money’s Limitations. Lk. 16:19-21 

       A.   Realize Money’s Limitations as some . . Live Lavishly. 16:19

19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day.

 

       B.   Realize Money’s Limitations as some . . Live with Longings. 16:20-21

20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores.


       The rich man in this story lived lavishly and the beggar lived with longings even about his daily food. We need to apply this to our environment. We may not pay proper attention to people in need. At the same time we may give too much attention to people who could supply for themselves. I would think a man who lived lavishly would notice someone at his gate who needed help.


 

3.   Manage Money Well . . Resolve To Limit your Monetary Concerns. Lk. 16:22-26

       A.   Resolve To Limit Monetary Concerns . . Concern Yourself with Eternity. 16:22

22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.

 

       B.   Resolve To Limit Monetary Concerns . . Consider Eternal Destinies. 16:23-24

       23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side.

       24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in

       water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’


 

       C.   Resolve To Limit Monetary Concerns . . Concentrate on Eternal Inevitables. 16:25-26

25 “‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus

       received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony.

       26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over

       from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’


       What are you concern about monetary matters? Do you try to keep in mind that none of us can take money with us and that we all will die. In the text who had the finest travel after death? Obviously the poor man as he was carried away by angels. We need to resolve in our mind to be most concerned about eternal matters and consider our eternal destiny. You know eternity is inevitable so why do many keep putting off any thoughts about it? None of us know when our life will end and non one knows the exact time of Christ return. So be wise and get ready.


 

4.   Manage Money Well . . Reconcile the Spiritual as well as the Monetary. Lk. 16:27-31

       A.   Reconcile the Spiritual . . Share the Message of Salvation with Others. 16:27-28

27 “‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house—

       28 because I have five brothers—to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’

 

       B.   Reconcile the Spiritual . . Support the Scriptural Message God Gave. 16:29

29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’

 

       C.   Reconcile the Spiritual . . Submit To Scriptural Authority. 16:30-31

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

       31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone

       rises from the dead.’”


       In the matters of money we must reconcile the spiritual with the monetary concerns. Every once in a while someone calls the church and ask me if I will go and witness to a relative. Some times they relate they have just recently become concerned and they are seeking to make up for lost time. The man in hell is now concerned about his brothers but it is too late for him to help. Are we as concerned as we ought to be? The man wanted someone to visit his brothers but Abraham said, “ ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.” The rich man was more concerned about monetary concern than the spiritual and the influences he could have had on his brothers. When we manage money well we may have a proper concern for the spiritual. Amen? Amen!