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On This Episode Of Hoarders…

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Luke 12:13-21.


Greed And Hoarding

Luke 12:13-21 (NIV)

The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He 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 my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain 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 whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Greed.  In the Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus warns against it.

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15 (NIV)

Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV):

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Notice that Paul does not say that money is the root of all evil.  He says that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Kyle Idleman, in his book Not A Fan, says about the rich young ruler that the problem wasn’t that he had money, but that money had him.  It is far too easy to become possessed by our possessions.  To be worried about our things instead of focusing on our faith.  Our Heavenly Father knows what we need. He will provide for us when we trust Him.  We must seek first those things that are most important – His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and He will bless us with all that we need.  Jesus is telling us today, “Don’t worry.  Don’t hoard.  Don’t store up the things of this life.  They are only temporary!”  Let us seek the things of God for then we will truly find blessings and riches beyond our wildest dreams.
PRAYER: Father, help me to focus less on material things and more on the eternal things. Help me to know that You hold all things together. I don’t want to be greedy. Instead, I want to be thankful. Thank You for all that You have provided for me. You are faithful. Amen.

More Money, More Problems

For what are you working?  Are you working to get rich?  To have an abundance of things or money?  Solomon says that those who have an abundance don’t get a very good night’s sleep.  Why do you suppose that is?  I think it is because they’re constantly worried about what might happen to their stuff or their money.  As rap icon Puff Daddy once said (more or less) – more money, more problems.
It’s true, you know.  The poor man who has very little does not have to worry about the things that the rich man has to worry over.  If you don’t have much, there’s not much to steal.  If you don’t have much money, you don’t have to worry about what the stock market does.  You have fewer worries because you have stronger faith.  Why is that?  It is because when you have little, faith may be all you have and you soon discover that faith is all you need.
Don’t be jealous of the rich and wealthy.  They may have champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but they have more worries and fears, too.  You may struggle to get by, but if you will trust in the Lord to provide, you’ll find that He gives you all you need.  I think that this is why Jesus said to pray for “daily bread.”  He tells us in Matthew 6:25-34 to not worry about the things of this life.  He compares us to birds and flowers and says that God knows what they need and He provides.  Since we are so much more valuable than the birds and the flowers (for God sent His son to die for us and not for birds and flowers), then how much more will He provide for what we need?  He will provide – we must simply trust and believe.
So do not wish your life away for wealth and riches.  Solomon puts it so well when he says:

Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb,
    and as everyone comes, so they depart.
They take nothing from their toil
    that they can carry in their hands.​ – Ecclesiastes 5:15 (NIV)​

You can’t take it with you, so don’t waste your life pursuing the things that people will one day fight over (or take to The Antiques Roadshow to try and figure out how much they’re worth so they can sell them).  Pursue relationships – both vertical (God) and horizontal (people).  Trust in the Lord to provide what you need (which requires a healthy understanding of what you need).  God is good and He will take care of you.  You’ll sleep better tonight knowing that.

Ecclesiastes 5:11-15 (NIV)

As goods increase,
    so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owners
    except to feast their eyes on them?

12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
    whether they eat little or much,
but as for the rich, their abundance
    permits them no sleep.

13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:

wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,
14     or wealth lost through some misfortune,
so that when they have children
    there is nothing left for them to inherit.
15 Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb,
    and as everyone comes, so they depart.
They take nothing from their toil
    that they can carry in their hands.



The sermon from October 20, 2013 from Griffith First Christian Church.

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