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May 3, 2021 6:30 am
We get to heaven got asked you why should I let you into my eternity. I pray this will be your answer my calls. I cling to the cross because I know we did for me on the course by grace through faith. Given the Bible teach us about complacency, moments of hope with Dana child bank complacency is defined as a clearing of snow on the court uncritical option with oneself. When one's achievements. What is the Bible teach us about here stated in the third sermon in his perils of being a treasure hunter series in a message called dangerous complacency. Thank you for being here. Great to have your looking at this perils of being a treasure hunter of the dangers of money what it can first week we talked about how to avoid the snare to compare if you chase after treasures. You will only have two things happen to you and both of them are bad. You either be prideful having more than other people, or secondly you will be interviews and always have that your heart second week. Last week we looked at the close the door, the more idea that this incessant desire in her heart that more and more and more can kill our souls to that's another danger and peril of being a treasure hunter today will look at this idea of being complacent, complacent, comparing, coveting and complacency being something that can kill our hearts desire for living life as God intended.
I wish I could tell the guy that wrote that song you just heard about Jesus.
That's where he'll find his life satisfaction and meaning in a relationship with him. Let's look at this third message about complacency and how it can kill our hearts will look at a parable to date from Luke the 11th, 19th chapter, verses 11 through 27 as they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near to Jerusalem and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore a nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and in return calling 10 off his servants, he gave them Tim Meno's and said to them, engage in business until I come. But his cyst citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him saying we do not want this man to reign over us. When he returned, having received the kingdom he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him that he might know that they had gained by doing business.
The first day before him, saying, Lord, the first came before him, saying, Lord, your Mina has made 10 m more and he said to him, well done, good servant because you have been faithful in a very little. You shall have authority over 10 cities and the second came, saying, Lord, your Mina has made five minutes and he said to him, and you are to be over five cities, then another came, saying, Lord, here is your Mina which I kept laid away in a handkerchief, for I was afraid of you because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit and reap what you did not so he said to him I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant, you knew that I was a severe man taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not so? Why then did you not put my money in the bank and at my coming I might have collected it with interest and he said to those who stood by take the Mina from him and give it to the one who has the 10 m and they said to him, Lord. She has 10 aminos I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me. So before studying the parable.
Let's look at its context, because I try to teach whenever you read the Bible to take a text out of context is pretext. So let's look at the context of this parable in Luke 19 verses one through 10 you had just had the experience of Jesus with Zacchaeus.
Now for those of you who went to Sunday school years ago. You remember the little song.
Zacchaeus was a wee little man Weibel man was he. He was also a tax collector, and he would collect from Rome and give to them their taxes. But then he would always increase what was asked of the people so he could pocket illegally. A bunch himself, but when he met Jesus and he had a powerful encounter with Jesus, and understood the gospel of grace how much he was loved and forgiven. He restored to every person he cheated out of taxes four times over.
So the money parable.
The parable we just looked at is about money.
It's in the context of money, of Zacchaeus restoring to those from whom it stolen money then you look at the next section of Scripture.
It's about Jesus triumphal entry.
In fact, parable begins as they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near to Jerusalem, they heard the things about Zacchaeus and so as he neared Jerusalem. He was in ring for the last week of his life on earth in the triumphal entry is when he went into Jerusalem and people proclaim hosanna save us. You are the Messiah was all about the kingdom of God beginning to be established on this earth for. Again within one week.
Jesus would be diet would die on the cross and be raised from the dead, so the context of this parable is about being saved generously giving money away and then using that money for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God.
That's the context of this parable and it makes sense when you understand that context. So let's look at the parable itself.
Let's divided into three acts like a three act play. Here's the first act, the gift verses 11 through 14.
Jesus calls a group of people together before him. He's like a nobleman who went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and in return. That's the whole issue of the incarnation.
One of most important Christian doctrines. There is is what we celebrate during Christmas time. That God in the Holy Spirit, triangular relationship father-son Holy Spirit in a perfect love relationship together sees the brokenness of humanity. Our inability to love God because of our sin, our inability to love one another, God the father asked the son to put on human flesh to come from a far country to leave the splendor of heaven and enter the squalor of this earth for the purpose of saving us from our sins to forgive us from our sins and reestablish that love relationship with God the father, son and Holy Spirit and know that beauty of love that the triangular Holy Spirit. Father and son experience and he comes and gathers together before him. 10 of his servants and he gave each one of them. 10 gave them one Mina Aminah is about three months.
Financial labor and that's the gift that God gave to them through Jesus. It's the gift that he gives to each one of us those 10 people represent every human being who's ever lived and one Mina given to them are the gifts that God gives to you and me.
Every gift is different. It's very unique but God has given one Mina to every single one of us and he tells these people engage in business until I come. He says use that Mina to engage in business until I return again.
So that takes us to the second act, which is the departure in verses 13 and 14.
This nobleman the master who'd given the Mina to each one of the 10 goes away for a while and that's the whole idea of Jesus death and resurrection, his ascension into heaven, but his promised second coming. Jesus could not be clearer as he came once in the incarnation, to save us from our sins. He's coming a second time to hold us accountable for our sins. Which leads us to the third act, the accountability in verses 15 through 27 when he returned, having received the kingdom in his second coming. He has made. Now this earth. The kingdom like he originally intended.
When creation began and when he returns he holds every single one of the 10 people to whom he given Aminah accountable for how they had used his Mina given to them. You do understand that every gift you have. You have a loan from God. Everything he's given you is his gift. It's all by his grace and one day he's going to come back and hold each person accountable for how we've used his gift. He's given us the first one comes to him and says, here is your Mina and send more.
Jesus responds well done, good servant because you been faithful in a very little.
You shall have authority over interestingly 10 cities. The implication is that for Jesus people when we get to heaven if we have been faithful with what he's given us here and even expanded and grown, it were going to have authority over cities in eternity that they're going to be dwelling places in eternity that people who been faithful. Here are going to oversee their second person comes to him and says here's your Mina and five more.
The master does not give this person a commendation, but he does say to him you will now be over five cities. So this guy will oversee five cities and all eternity because he's been faithful with the gifts that God has given him here on this side of eternity. Make no mistake about it, what were doing here now affects our status in eternity, not our salvation. I'll get to that in the moment, but our status and what we are called to do by God, then 1/3 one comes to him and lays one Mina at his feet and he says I know that you are a severe taskmaster and I was afraid of you. So I took this Mina and I hid it in a handkerchief.
Maybe he even buried in the ground but then he can't give simple one Mina that he had given to him. Interestingly, the man even says you take what you did not deposit and you reap what you did. Not so in other words, you're really unfair you give us these guest but they're really not.
Here's the really ours and you ask us to hold me accountable for how reviews really our gifts Jesus and then the master says I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant, you knew that I was a severe man taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not so your calling and austere man and yet you're not even willing to understand that what I give to you is by grace and then asking me to be responsible for how you've wrongly used my possessions that I loaned you the word severe. Here is austere office in the Greek it's the word from which we get austere it means exacting harsh and unfair. So one of the reasons this master was so angry with his servant was because he slamming his character in interpreting the parable from Jesus perspective this lazy guy is slamming the character of God who would want to worship a harsh unkind unfair demanding God.
Some of you have come from toxic Christian environments that have reduced the beautiful glorious gospel of Jesus Christ in the nothing more than rules and regulations.
God wants a relationship with you, through Jesus and this man had reduced the Almighty God of the universe to a harsh taskmaster then.
Amazingly the end of the parable. The master instructs that the one who just took the one Mina and didn't do anything with it. Had to give up his Mina and give it to the guy who had 10 and the people listening to that's not fair, but it is a reality of life folks if you don't use it you lose it if you don't use it you lose it. It's true that our physical bodies if you don't exercise them you lose is true with our minds. If you don't read and study and grow deeper you lose it, and here's the truth. The one who had one who didn't do anything with it was lazy, had to give up his warning given to the guy who had worked hard, which leads me to today's little phrase I want you to take home. Don't shirk hard work. Don't shirk hard work.
Then Jesus ends this parable with that powerful verse 27 but as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me know. Who are these enemies, but if you go back to verse 14. There's this one interesting little verse, but his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him saying we do not want this man to reign over us in Jesus day, the Sanhedrin, which was the powerful overseer and purveyor of Jewish law, located in Jerusalem would constantly send out debt mutations to follow Jesus around and these men listened intently to try to catch Jesus and something that was wrong or try to entrap him with a question they would ask him so that he would say something that was not right and so they could kill, but the bottom line is they didn't want Jesus to reign over them.
And Jesus is those people who don't want me to reign over them.
They are going to face a severe judgment he came up the words I didn't know for some of you right now you may be deeply concerned. Oh what's going to happen to me when I face God one day when I face his judgment and he holds me accountable for how I've used his Mina that he's given me. Let me first of all give you the gospel of grace for the answer to that question is found in what Jesus did for us on the cross. Yes, he left the comforts of heaven and entered the sinfulness and brokenness of this world he lived the perfect life for 33 years. None of us can live because we had that sinful condition in our hearts. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and God bypassed the way sin is passed on in sexual conception and he lived a perfect life and went to the cross and died on the cross, something he didn't deserve and took our sins upon himself, something he didn't deserve then to give us eternal life by grace through faith, something we don't deserve you need to know that there are thousands of world religions. There are basically two worlds religions. You either have a relationship with God by what you do or what's been done for you to world's religions were done or you have a relationship with God by your works or by his grace. Every other worlds religions save one has what we must do to earn the favor of God and hopefully get to heaven look at Islam Judaism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, animism, all the other isms, and they're all about what we've got to do to earn God's favor. Our works before a holy God. Here's the problem. God is perfect and no matter how hard we work will never be perfect. So how do we get to heaven. The only religion that does not teach works as a part of salvation is the Christian faith juxtaposed all the other worlds religions is the gospel of grace that God died on that cross and did for us what we can't do for ourselves eternal salvation. And then he gives it to us as a free gift by grace through faith. So if you're worried about that day of judgment that Jesus clearly teaches when you get to heaven and God ask you, why should I let you into my eternity. I pray this will be your answer.
It will be my answer because I cling to the cross of Christ is because I know what he did for me on the cross and by grace through faith. I've been forgiven and the father never was a morning that's the truth. So if you're worried about the day of judgment.
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It's great being with you and I hope you're well today and thank you very nights in morning Z devotion about see what's wrong with having an ego. The problem is that it's too often and probably rightly associated with pride and pride is the sin of all sins of pride is what caused the devil to be the devil are basically pride is saying I know better than God, and I can make the rules. Myself and everybody needs to bow down to me. Pride is a twin sister of envy and jealousy because envy and jealousy cause someone to want to be better than another person. Pride isn't satisfied with being who you are. It's got to be better than somebody else. It's always competitive. It's always comparing and there is the issue of envy and jealousy motivating pride.
So, ego, e.g., O probably the best definition of ego I've ever heard is using the acronym PGO edging God out because at the end of the day.
That's what pride is. It's saying I know better. It's the way the enemy the devil tempted Eve first in the garden and then she passed on the fruit to Adam by saying you shall be as gods.
That's what the enemy said to Eve, I don't let God deceive you. He's trying to keep you from being all that you're supposed to be God's a Celeste Teal killjoy, you need to have this fruit and when you eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you get to decide what's good and evil.
You're in control thereafter and again. That's the sin that leads to all other sins PGO edging God out.
And interestingly, in Proverbs chapter 16 verse 18 is one of the more famous Proverbs that's ever been written by Solomon. It basically says pride comes before the fall, that when we are prideful we say we know how to run the world. When we do so we usually run our lives into a ditch and that is the fall that happens that pride leads to so I just think everybody today needs to understand that God wants to have full control of our lives. He wants to operate as complete Lord and Savior of our lives.
And when we have pride we invite him off the throne of our hearts, we take that place.
We make the decisions regarding good and evil, and we make a mess of things in Jen. I would even argue that it is not just an individual decision. It's a society issue that when society removes God from the central focal point of our society.
The society starts to go downhill.
It starts to degrade and and I believe with all of my heart that we have a culture today that is slowly but surely eliminating God from the central focal point of our lives and thinking we know better.
And when that happens. Of course, the culture goes into degradation as well. Yeah, I totally agree. Something that comes to mind. To combat when we have moments and envy and pride because we each struggle at this.
At times we should build each other out and I know that this year. That's my word for 2021 is built and it comes from Ephesians 429] yes, and just building my kids at building my husband at him specifically if I'm irked with a friend in an Internet bill done not been seen on how God sees them right.
That's a great insight because the opposite of pride really is humility. It's knowing we don't have all the answers and you're addressing one of the key issues that pride uses wrongly.
That's our Tonga we think were great will start destroying people hurting people, and that's ultimately destructive. Thank you so much for these insights today. Dana and everyone don't walk in pride, walking, humility, and if you'd like to receive my daily E blast, please go to moments of hope, church.org, you can subscribe there there free of charge.
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