Money Doesn’t Make You Rich

 

   A rich man learned that he would die in a few days.  He called his three friends: a doctor, preacher, and lawyer to his bedside.  He said, "The preacher has told me that you can't take it with you, but I believe I have worked out a way so that I can.  Doc tells me that I won't live long, so I have prepared three sealed envelopes, each containing $10,000.  When I die, I want each of you to walk by the casket and drop in your envelope with the $10,000."

   A short time later, they attended his funeral and then met together.  The preacher said, "I've got a confession to make.  We've been needing to repair the organ in the church for a long time, and I took $2,000 out of Bill's envelope and used it on the organ."  The doctor said, "This makes it easier for me, because I took $5,000 out and used it for my new clinic and only dropped in $5,000."  The lawyer said, "Well, my conscience is clear.  I did just what Bill said.  I kept my envelope, picked up both of yours and dropped in a check for the whole amount of $30,000."  Many people have tried to take it with them, but all in vain. -- Robert Cargill

 

(Luke 12:16-21 NIV)  And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. {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 all my grain and my goods. {19} And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things 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 anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

 

For the purposes of this sermon let me define what I mean by Rich.

Rich

*   The ability to find peace and satisfaction in all circumstances.

*   Having great worth or value in the service of God.

*   Meaningful and significant behavior towards heavenly things.

*   Full of faith and love mixed with respect and justice as concerns the Word of God.

*   Great abundance of righteous traits.

Wealthy.

*   Possessing large amounts of money or material assets

 

Wealth may not make you unhappy but it is no guarantee of happiness either.

Crying in a Rolls Royce versus a Volkswagen. Maria Callas (Mistress of Aristotle Onassis)

George Foreman, rags, riches (wealth), rags, riches (wealth). Read from “God in My Corner

Job, David, Solomon, Joseph of Arimathea.

 

Two quotations

*   The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money. Rev'd Dr J. H. Jowett CH MA DD, Pastor, West Minster Chapel, 1918-1922

*   Money is neither good nor bad. It is what we do in the pursuit of money and what we do once we have it that makes the difference. Ralph Orton, June 9, 2007

 

1.      Money can buy a bed; but not sleep.

2.      Money can buy books but not brains.

3.      Money can buy food but not appetite.

4.      Money can buy finery but not beauty.

5.      Money can buy a house but not a home.

6.      Money can buy medicine but not health.

7.      Money can buy luxuries but not culture.

8.      Money can buy amusements but not happiness.

9.      Money can buy companionship, but not friends.

10.  Money can buy the good life, but not eternal life.

11.  Money can buy religion but not salvation.

12.  Money can buy a passport to anywhere but the Kingdom of God.

  Adapted from The Voice in the Wilderness

 

So if money can’t make you rich, what can?

*   (1 Tim 6:9-11 NIV)  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. {10} 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. {11} But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

*   (1 Tim 6:17-19 NIV)  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. {18} Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. {19} 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.

*   (Psa 49:20 NIV)  A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

 

What are some of life’s true riches? And, how much do they cost?

1.      The air we breathe

2.      The stars at night

3.      The flowers of the fields

4.      The birds that sing

5.      A baby’s kiss

6.      Puppies and kittens playing

7.      Puppy love

8.      The smell of fresh cut grass and rain

9.      Family and friends

10.  Standing next to a fire on a cold day

11.  The smell of coffee in the morning

12.  A good night’s sleep

And the list of true riches could go on and on and on and….

13.  The wonder of a rainbow

14.  Young love

15.  Your first car

16.  Mom and dad carrying you to bed

17.  A perfect sunset/sunrise

18.  The birth of a child

The most profound of true riches are….

19.  Understanding that Jesus loved you and died that you might live.

20.  Discovering that leadership is about serving not being served.

21.  Learning to put your trust in God.

22.  Knowing you have victory in Jesus

 

Let me end with a few more scriptures.

*   (Prov 11:4 NIV)  Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

*   (Eccl 5:10 NIV)  Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.

*   (Eccl 5:19 NIV)  Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work--this is a gift of God.

*   (Job 41:11 NIV)  Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.

 

So have you ever wanted to be rich? Well you are! And it doesn’t cost a thing except to make a few good choices.

*   Choose to love God and your neighbor.

*   Choose to be happy because God will never fail you.

*   Choose to accept that this time on earth is short compared to the time you will have with your savior.

*   Choose to follow Him always so that you may never be lost.

 

(Mat 6:19-21 NIV)  "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. {20} But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. {21} For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

If you do that you will be truly “Rich.”