Will You be Faithful with True Riches? | Luke 16:10-13

Will You be Faithful with True Riches? | Luke 16:10-13

Introduction

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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.  (11)  If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  (12)  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?  (13)  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.”

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  • Amanda and I have been doing a lot of work with banks lately, you know, because the church is buying a building and all…
    • And when loaning money the banks number one concern is this “Will you be faithful with our money”. Why do they want to know that? Because they want to make sure you pay it back!
    • So they run the churches credit, they look at our finances, they check out our assets and attendance numbers.
    • They even run credit checks on anyone who is signing for the loan!
      • They are going to do all they can to be sure that we are going to be faithful with their money before they give us it.
      • And if they check and find out the church has ever been late on bills, or defaulted on a loan, or had church possessions repossessed…
      • And if they find out we have had those things happen then they will say “You have not been faithful in the past with others money, therefore I will not give you ours because we don’t trust you to be faithful with it.”
  • Now that’s the bank, a worldly organization that is loaning out eternally worthless pieces of paper.
  • How much more serious, then, is God with giving out eternally valuable treasures, riches, and blessings.
  • Today I want to ask, and hopefully help you come to an honest answer for yourself, this question…

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  • Will you be faithful with true riches?

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  • Today what we are going to do is go through a spiritual loan application with the Bank of God’s treasures…
    • Except what is special about this loan is that you don’t have to pay it back, so I guess you could call it a grant, whatever treasures you are approved for, they are yours to keep literally forever!
  • But before we start the application we need to understand the terms of the agreement, and that brings us to point one.

Point One – Understanding the Difference between True Riches and Unrighteous Wealth

Luke 16:10-12 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.  (11)  If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  (12)  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?

  • See we need to understand some terms here… and if you watched last weeks sermon you will know some of this already, and honestly this message is really a natural part of last weeks, I probably should have called it a two part series…
    • But nonetheless let’s talk about these terms.

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  • On one side we have these three terms:
    • Very little
      • Unrighteous wealth
      • And That which is another’s
    • On the other side we have these three terms:
      • Much
      • True Riches
      • That which is your own.
  • So what we are going to do, and this is going to be a heavy teaching point, but I want you to stay with me because understanding these terms is ESSENTIAL for understanding the life change that may need to take place for my next point… so what we are going to do is define each of these terms…
  • Lets first talk about the term Very Little.
    • First we need to understand that all of these terms are realitive… do you know what I mean by realitive?
      • Look, if I go to taco bell and get my daughter a taco for lunch she might look at it and go “But dad that is so much! I can’t eat it all”
      • But if I ask you to pick me up lunch and all you bring ME is a single taco from Taco Bell I am going to be upset, because to me that is a VERY LITTLE TACO.
      • The difference is not the taco, but the perspective, I am bigger than Hannah, so the taco seems small to me but big to her.
    • In the same way something that seems like a lot to you may not seem like a lot to another.
    • And when we look at the scope of eternity anything that is NOT eternal is going to be very little, isn’t it?
    • And compared to something temporary, that which is eternal is going to seem like MUCH.
    • Therefore God says if you can’t be trusted with the little things that are temporary, then why am I going to trust you with eternal things that are MUCH?
  • Then there is Unrighteous Wealth vs True Riches.
    • We talked about this a lot last week.
      • Wealth is called unrighteous because it is a result of the fall.
      • Just like clothing would be considered unrighteous, because it is a result of the fall. That doesn’t mean that clothing is sinful… in fact the Bible teaches us to cover up… but it means that it was not God’s righteous intent for humanity.
      • So it is with money, money is a result of the fall. There was no money in the garden of Eden and there will be no money in heaven, in New Jerusalem.
      • So any kind of earthly wealth… be it cash, bit coin, investments, gold… whatever… it is worthless is eternity. It is considered Biblically as unrighteous wealth.
        • Y’all Gold is so worthless in eternity they use it as pavement!
      • But there are riches, God makes clear, that are valuable forever…
        • We learned last week about such riches, like leading people to Christ to gain eternal friendships.
        • The bible also promises true believers things like peace, safety, joy, contentment, love, and rest… these are blessings that start NOW and are eternal.
      • So God says if you can’t be trusted with unrighteous money, why would I trust the eternal salvation of people… why would I entrust eternal blessings to you?
  • Finally we have That which is another’s and that which is your own…
    • To understand this one take a look at a part of Jesus’ high priestly prayer that He prayed before being betrayed and crucified…

John 17:15-16 ESV  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  (16)  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

  • Listen, if you are a Christian… if you are born again, then you ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD. This world does not belong to you, nor do you belong to it.
    • You are just a visitor, a missionary in a foreign land.
    • Everything here, everything that belongs to the world… THAT’S NOT YOURS.
      • And it’s all going to perish!
    • What’s yours are the things of God! And those things are eternal.
    • But if you can’t be trusted with the things of the world… the things that have been loaned to you for 70-80-90 years… or more if you are lucky and the Lord tarries…
    • If you can’t be trusted with that, why would God give you something to keep forever for you to abuse and misuse?
  • So there we have it, our six financial terms… I hope everyone understands, because we are about to run a spiritual credit check on everyone.

Point Two – Running your Spiritual Credit Check

Luke 16:10-12 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.  (11)  If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?  (12)  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?

  • So what we are all going to do is run a spiritual credit check on everyone.
    • I want you to think about yourself as we do this, ok? Don’t think about others, you don’t get to see your neighbors spiritual credit check, just your own.
    • And I want you to think of God in this moment as a heavenly banker, looking down from heaven and deciding what kind of spiritual gifts you qualify for… ok… so just think about yourself.

Credit Check Step One: Have you been faithful with the very little?

  • Your house or apartment, in the scope of eternity, is very little.
    • And I don’t care how many bedrooms and bathrooms you have…
    • Or how big your mancave is…
    • It doesn’t matter how big or lavish your house is… 10 million years from now it is going to seem STUPID how much effort and time your put into maintain that home that will then seem so little.
      • UNLESS YOU USE YOUR HOME TO BLESS OTHERS AND ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
      • Because then you are using the little to make eternal gain.
    • What about your job?
      • That job, no matter how important you think you are or aren’t… it is very little in the scope of eternity.
      • So how are you using it? Simply to pay bills, or do you do your job as unto the Lord looking to glorify God every day even in your work?
    • The goes the same for school and sports.
      • There is nothing wrong with studying, and you should.
      • And there is nothing wrong with having fun playing sports and practicing them.
      • BUT ARE YOU TRYING TO BE THE BEST STUDENT SO YOU CAN HONOR GOD OR YOURSELF? What kind of Honor student do you want to be?
      • Are you playing sports to be the best to Honor the best? Who are you trying to make famous? God or yourself?
  • If God looked at the temporary things in your life and the way you use them… would He see you investing them in His kingdom or in something temporary and worthless.

John 14:2 ESV  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

  • If you had to apply for that eternal apartment… would you be approved based on how you have used your temporary living space? It’s a hard question and I challenge you to answer honestly.

Credit Check step two: Have you been faithful with unrighteous wealth?

  • How have you used your money? If God took a look at all of your finances in your Christian life what percent would He find used for Him and His glory, and how much would He find you wasting on temporary enjoyment.
    • Don’t get me wrong, you should spend money on food, and bills… we need money to survive, God knows that.
    • But we don’t need the newest iPhone every year.
    • And we don’t need a new PlayStation five for every room in the house.
    • And it is ok if you don’t have a TV that is less than 100 inches large… it won’t matter in eternity.

Malachi 3:8 ESV  Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.

  • God commands we give Him 10 percent. That’s what tithe means, it means 10 percent of what you earn.
    • Some of you, if you were honest, wouldn’t even pass the 10% credit check!
    • But it’s not just 10% because God says tithes and contributions or offerings…
      • That means 10 percent for a tithe, and then offerings for missions, for buildings, for feeding the homeless, for visiting the sick, for whatever.
      • It means giving not just to your local church, that’s where your TITHE goes, but also to other ministries as the Lord leads.
      • It means using and spending your money to bless others with the intention of Glorifying God.
  • But if you have done these things, then God says you qualify for such great treasures!

Malachi 3:10-11 ESV  Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.  (11)  I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the LORD of hosts.

Credit Check Step Three: Have you been faithful with things that are another’s?

  • Have you been selfish and greedy, trying to horde the things of this world that aren’t even yours to keep?
    • Or have you taken the things of this world and used them for the glory of God?
    • Have you used the things of this world to better the kingdom of God?
    • Or have you used the things of this world simply to make your life in this world the most comfortable?
      • Many Christians profess that they believe in an eternal heaven.
      • But they live like they don’t believe that…
        • They strive for the nicest house, the best car, the fattest bank account, the best retirement plan…
        • WHY?! If heaven is real and eternal, why waist time trying to make this temporary life as comfortable as possible when we could be using this life, this time loaned to us to invest in heavenly things?!
      • IF God judged your spiritual credit based on how you live your life now on earth… what would He conclude?
      • Would He see a life utterly and completely given over to Him and His love and His command and His kingdom…
        • Or would He see a life in love with this world and the things of this world?!

1 John 2:15-17 ESV  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  (16)  For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  (17)  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

  • So there are our three steps of the spiritual Credit check.
    • Step one: Have you been faithful with very little?
    • Step two: Have you been faithful with Unrighteous wealth
    • And Step three: Have you been faithful with things that are another’s?
  • If you can honestly answer yes to these questions… praise God!
    • You have an eternal dwelling place granted to you.
    • You have peace, love, joy, righteousness, safety, and security given to you.
    • You have an eternal hope that will never perish.
    • You will be granted much as God uses you for His glory here on earth.
    • And you will be granted much in eternity.
      • You know I am often asked “Pastor Christian what do I have to do to be blessed like you? You have joy, and peace, and patience, and kindness always. You have a nice home a couple of nice vehicles, when you run out of money you get checks randomly in the mail… your cars to seem to break down very often, you don’t fight with your wife about money, and when you try to buy a church building God brings in a down payment miraculously… WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BE BLESSED LIKE THAT.
        • My answer is simple. GIVE UP EVERYTHING TO FOLLOW JESUS AND NEVER LOOK BACK. And He will give you everything you need, and even sometimes some of the things you want too.
  • Again our three steeps of spiritual credit check are:
    • Step one: Have you been faithful with very little?
    • Step two: Have you been faithful with Unrighteous wealth
    • And Step three: Have you been faithful with things that are another’s?
  • Of you honestly have to answer no to one or all of these questions… then praise God, because there is this thing called forgiveness.

Psalms 103:10-14 ESV  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.  (11)  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;  (12)  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.  (13)  As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.  (14)  For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

  • “God does not deal with us according to our sins” that means that God doesn’t really run a spiritual credit check on us.
    • “He remembers our frame, that we are dust” That means that he gets that we are human and we… well… we suck. And He loves us enough to die to forgive our sins.

1 John 1:5-10 ESV  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  (6)  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  (7)  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  (8)  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  (9)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (10)  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

  • Take this away from this passage, we all have sinned, and God has forgiven us if we have been born again.
    • But we are still responsible to walk in the light…
    • That means if we realize we are failing in these areas, yes God forgives us, but yes, we are responsible to make a change and STOP failing in these areas.
  • Now in a moment we will have a time of prayer and repentance… but first we need to agree to the banks terms.

Conclusion – Agreeing to the terms

Luke 16:13 ESV  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.”

  • Here are the terms that the bank lays in front of you, they pass you the pen and ask you to sin…
    • From this point forward, if you want the blessing of God, the eternal treasures… the TRUE TREASURES… then you must sign and agree…
    • YOU MUST NEVER AGAIN SERVE MONEY. You must serve God alone.
    • YOU CAN NOT SERVE BOTH. Chose whom you will serve…
      • Temporary wealth, or an eternal king.
      • A temporary life with temporary possessions
      • Or an eternal home and an eternal kingdom.
        • Chose this day whom you will serve.

PRAYER

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