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Straight Talk About Money - Part 2

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Introduction

Randy Alcorn notes that 15% of Jesus’ recorded words are concerned with money and possessions.
Luke 18:24–25 ESV
Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Jesus knows there is a connection between what we worship and how we understand and use money and possessions. In addition, the accumulation of riches and pursuit of comfort is dangerous to the soul.
Luke 18:24–25 ESV
Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Luke 16:1–13 ESV
He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

The Shrewd Steward Reviewed

A man who was very wealthy had a manager to oversee his business interests.
The manager was not doing his job well.
The owner fired the steward and demanded a report on the status of his business interests.
The steward is concerned for this future because he is too weak for hard labor and too proud to be a beggar.
In order to secure his future, the manager cuts several deals with the owner’s debtors so that they will owe him in the future.
The owner commends the manager for his shrewdness in the situation.

Jesus Teaches from the Steward

Jesus Teaches

that unbelievers are generally more shrewd in their financial dealing that believers with this implication that this is not good.
That his disciples to make eternal friends by the use of their possessions.
that the amount of possessions is not important, but one’s faithfulness.
that the amount of possessions is not important, but one’s faithfulness.
the one who is faithful with earthy riches will receive true riches in the future
the one who is faithful with earthy riches will receive true riches in the future
that one cannot be a slave to money and to God.
that one cannot be a slave to money and to God.
From this teaching of Jesus on money, I wold like to springboard into some related topics in regards to money, possessions, giving, generosity and worship.
From this teaching of Jesus on money, I wold like to springboard into some related topics in regards to money, possessions, giving, generosity and worship.

Gospel Giving Transfers Title

Asceticism
Randy Alcorn notes that 15% of Jesus’ recorded words are concerned with money and possessions.
Asceticism
Asceticism
God owns everything we own.
God owns everything we own.
Materialism
Jesus lived a simple life, but he was not an ascetic

What We Own Is Owned by God

Psalm 24:1 ESV
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
Psalm 24:1 ESV
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
Exodus 19:5 ESV
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;
Exodus 19:
1 Corinthians 10:26 ESV
For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”
1 Corinthians 10:
Exodus 19:5 ESV
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;
Job 41:11 ESV
Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
Haggai 2:8 ESV
The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
When you came to Christ you transferred the title of your life to him. This is the ultimate reality for the Christian.

Gospel Giving is an Act of Worship

You can keep

Gospel Giving is an Act of Worship

Gospel Giving is Worship

Philippians 4:18 ESV
I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

Gospel Giving Lives on Less, Trusts God More

Mark 12:41–44 ESV
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Where riches hold the dominion of the heart, God has lost His authority John Calvin

Gospel Giving Reveals Trustworthiness

Luke 16:10–13 ESV
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
In this text, Jesus destroys the “if only” argument. If you are not trustworthy with little, you will not be trustworthy with much. In fact, statistically, Americans are less generous as their personal wealth increases.

Gospel Giving is Sacrificial and Generous

Gospel Giving is Sacrificial and Generous

2 Corinthians 8:1–5 ESV
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.

Proving Love

Luke 16:10–13 ESV
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Proving Love

2 Corinthians 8:8 ESV
I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.

Gospel Giving is Done Willingly and Joyfully

2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Three kinds of giving: grudge giving, duty giving and thanksgiving. I have to, I ought to and I want to.

Acts 4:32–35 ESV
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Gospel Giving is Planned and Systematic

1 Corinthians 16:1–2 ESV
Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.

Gospel Giving Meets Genuine Needs

Acts 4:32–35 ESV
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
Gospel advancement necessities
Human physical necessities

Gospel Giving Results in Blessing

2 Corinthians 9:6–8 ESV
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Acts 20:32–35 ESV
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
John Bunyan, “Whatever good thing you do for Him, if done according to the Word, is laid up for you as treasure in chests and coffees, to be brought out to be rewarded before both men and angels, to your eternal comfort.”

Practical Application

Randy Alcorn, “What you do with your resources in this life is your autobiography.”
When you are discharged of your duty, what will people read?
1 Timothy 6:17–19 ESV
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
1 Timothy
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