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April 29, 2021 6:00 am
If there's one thing that might shake the heart of someone who wants more and more it's this thought so hard all these possessions when I die somebody else does somebody else get to enjoy him and help with what you want more than anything else in this world beyond our relationship with Christ. Most of us would want a good relationship with our spouse and strong friendships. It's hard not to want material things to on today's broadcast data continues his treasure hunter series with a message called the danger of cutting dealing series on what anything else that's a love of money that you were looking at several parables in this series as we tried to help to understand the perils of being a treasure hunter and over one half of all of Jesus parables. All of the stories have to deal with the problem of money we know, for example, Jesus said you can't love God and money or something that woos us with money, a spiritual force of Paul said to his letter to Timothy, the root of all evil is the love of money, not the money itself is the root of evil, but the love of money. So the question were asking his worship. What does your heart request after what does your heart love today's message will look at the second thing that imperils our hearts with love money last week.
The problem of comparing we said that when you compare your life with other people's lives, especially in regards to money and possessions. Only two things can happen and neither of them are good either.
You will become prideful. You have more or you will become envious that you have less. Both of those severely damaged the heart.
That's one of the perils of becoming a treasure hunter. The other one today is the whole problem of covetousness, covetousness, let me begin this way, do you know what the major emotion that's caused when people spend a lot of time on social media, twitter, Facebook, vine, and all the others with the major emotion is spent studying the major motion is coveting coveting when you spent a lot of time on social media emotion that most often comes is coveting. Can you imagine what would happen if people dared on their vines or twitter or Facebook account started showing pictures of them in not so good states. Can you imagine a mom for example doing a periscope of her running around yelling at her kids hashtag being a great mom, you know, what would you ever imagine that. Or how about a teenager taking a selfie and showing off all her pimples, hashtag temples, it's never done you'll do that you always show yourself best on social media because that's what because you want to impress other people. And when you do so when people look at all that you have all that you own all you possess the natural emotion that most often comes is what coveting you start to yearn for, what they have. It's amazing the advertising industry in America spends annually $500 billion to get you to covet $500 billion to get you to buy stuff you don't need to spend money you don't have, to impress people you don't even like $500 billion spent to get you to covet what is coveting is a deep inward desire to possess what other people have in the Bible addresses it almost from day one. In fact, it's one of the Big Ten. Did you know that coveting is one of the 10 Commandments not to do. Exodus chapter 20 verse 17 says you shall not cover your covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's. You will not covet what other people owe. It's one of the big 10, and the key word that describes coveting in my opinion is this word more more. It's a narcotic. It gets deep within our soul starts driving us to think that happiness means just having a little bit more in the root emotion that drives the desire to have more is coveting that that's interesting in the 10 Commandments it's the last of the 10 Commandments I want to keep that in mind it's number 10 for reason. Before we get into that, let me show you. Jesus also address the problem of coveting in one of his stories. Let me share with you this thought. I wonder if this is a true story about the year. I wonder if it just had happened right. When Jesus told. I wonder if the listeners listening to Jesus until it knew he was referring to a person who just a few hours beforehand had died. As I read this to you.
Keep it in mind. Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me but he said to him, man who made me a judge or arbitrator over you and he said to them, take care and be on your guard against all covetousness for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions and he told them a parable saying the land of the rich man produced plentifully and he thought to himself what shall I do for I have nowhere to store my crops and he said I will do this I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all migraine and my goods and I will say to my soul soul. You have ample goods laid up for many years, relaxed eat, drink and be merry.
But that whole phrase eat drink and be merry was a phrase that everyone that they would've understood it was an epicurean phrase was like Jesus taking a jab at the Epicurean philosophy. But God said to him, full this night your soul is required of you and the things you have prepared whose will they be so is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. So is this a true story had just happened. If so, it makes the story even more compelling. Let's look at several aspects of the story. First of all, the context Jesus had just finished in the previous chapter, teaching some great in-depth truths about anxiety about how we should never worry about anything and trust God in everything and out of the blue balls someone's phrase yelling at Jesus teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me so somebody listening to Jesus teaching suddenly change the whole subject. The problem was his brother, probably an older brother who by law is guaranteed two times his father's inheritance had been given his inheritance, but the other part had not been given to him so he's ticked off.
He's one angry dude, so he yells out at Jesus tell my brother to share with me my inheritance. Jesus response is absolutely fascinating, he says man who made me a judge or arbitrator over you. I love you. Why I preached for years that every single one of you needs to know exactly where God's called. You need to know the plan and purpose that God has for your life.
It's probably tied up greatly in the giftedness that you have. And here's the reason you need to know it because when you know what you're supposed to do. You also didn't know what you're supposed to not do. Jesus was on mission. He knew what God called him to do the plan. The father had given to him when he took on human flesh and became God among us was to go to the cross die for our sins and in the race and the get to prove its truth then ascend to heaven to rule over all the universe and one day return. He is coming back when they vote when he does return to judge the living and the dead. That's Jesus plan that's his purpose that he was going to Jerusalem.
Here and he knew that plan.
The father had given him. Now someone wants him to step in and be the arbitrator of his family's inheritance dilemma and Jesus is my to do that. In other words that's not the calling. My father gave me. I'm not stepping into that mess. I know what I'm supposed to do. I know what I'm not supposed to do and I know I've had that many times in the ministry God's given me here. I know God's called me to do to build his church to preach the gospel to try to help all of you be launched in the world to serve in the name of Jesus, so that he alone receives the glory.
But all at times that people come to me and say things like arbitrator family dispute come in and try to solve this problem is going on in my life and I know that's not of God's called me to do and I have to say no sometimes to people's dismay when you know you're supposed to do.
You know you're not supposed to do there other people who are called the arbitrators in the midst of difficult situations. In this day there were judges who were assigned by law to intercede for inheritance problems and Jesus knew that was not what he was called to do so. Therefore, he says no, but then he launches into a story about a man who had great possessions and in this story we see the cause of all coveting so let's go back to the 10 Commandments.
As I mentioned to you before thou shalt not covet is the 10th commandment. And if you know your Decalogue, as it's called the 10 Commandments, the first five have to do with how to worship God and in the last five have to do with how to worship your neighbor how to love your neighbor so the first have has to do with how to love God. The second half has to do with how to love your neighbor and the commandments.
The priest see the commandment not to covet are you shall not murder, you shall not lie. You shall not steal. You shall not commit adultery than the last one.
Number 10 is you shall not covet.
Why is that important. It's because all the other ones that are telling how to love your neighbor are rooted in the problem of coveting all the ways that people hurt their neighbors are rooted in the law of not coveting. Think about it. Why do people murder, they often covet what people lie that they they often covet what people have why why people steal that they covet what they have people commit adultery for covet what they have. Interestingly, this last commandment is the only one that has to do with the heart.
All the other ones, especially the last five having to do with loving your neighbor or performance-based.
The things people do, but that thou shalt not covet is the one commandment that's in itself. The heart is what motivates people to do what they do. Here the apostle Paul. At one point. Philippians the third chapter says he was living as a Pharisee and thought there was a time when he was righteous under the law.
The only thing there he thought there was a time when he perfectly obeyed every single one of the 10 Commandments in Roman 77, we see what brought Paul to Christ.
What was it. Number 10. He said I would never have known what coveting was had the commandment thou shall not covet be given to me. It was the 10th commandment finally drove them to Christ because he realized even though outwardly he performed all these things. Inwardly he had a covetous heart the desire more and more and more and more the cause of coveting is internal.
It is in the heart.
It is a part of the inner life.
It's a heart that desires to have more did you catch it when I read to you the parable. I tried to emphasize it. Some that six times this wealthy man use the term I five times he used the word my and probably the most stark place. He uses the adjective. My the pronoun. My is my soul. He thought he owned his soul and I will say to my soul soul. You have ample goods laid up for many years. Relax, eat, drink and be merry. So the cause of coveting is deep within every single one of us, its source is our sin nature it's source is our fallenness is what causes us to do most of the evil we do. It should be a driving force that takes us to the Savior. Jesus now look at the cancer of coveting it cause all kinds of ills in our lives in Micah chapter 2 verses one into the prophet Micah looked at the social scene in Israel and pronounce God's judgment upon it, and here's what he said woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds. When the morning dawns they perform it because it is in the power of their hands or one of those who even on their beds. Just thinking of ways to pronounce evil upon other people. They covet fields and sees them and houses and take them away. They owe press Amanda and his house. A man and his inheritance. Much of the evil in the society, Micah says was called by people's desire for more for coveting what other people had and they would take it, steal it, and judicial system would do nothing. Proverbs 2126 all day long. He craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back the person who has covet. This is a problem in his heart is craves and craves for more and more did did you hear what Jesus said as he began the story, he said, take care and be on your guard against all covetousness, he said, beware know it's there. Be on your guard.
It is an insidious stealth camouflaged evil that dwells in the hearts of every human being all covetousness. Real life is not about more and more Jesus is saying here. It's not about having possessions.
In fact, Jesus is.
This quest to have more and more ultimately leads to self-sufficiency. It leads to a life that does not ever considered God and that's why. Ultimately, when this man wanted more and more and bigger and bigger. God finally says to him you full! You full some 14 one says that the fool says in his heart there is no God. God calls this manifold because he did not believe there is a God he did not believe there is an eternity. He did not believe he would be accountable for his eternal soul and that's why God says to him you full this night your soul is required of you and the things you have prepared whose will they be fascinating if indeed this was a story or someone just died. Maybe the night before. It would have resonated in the minds of every listener, you fool, who doesn't believe there's a God, you fool, who doesn't believe you're going to be held accountable for your life and how you've lived it. You are a fool and then it's like Jesus Christ awaken his listeners and make them think about maybe the one thing that would shake them out of their doldrums for more and more possessions. He says these things that you worked so hard for after you died whose will they be if there's one thing that might shake the heart of someone who wants more and more it's this thought. I worked so hard for all these possessions when I die somebody else been sitting somebody else get to enjoy and is hoping to get people to understand this one more sibling will help you respond to changes coming out dated joins me in a stadium with a conversation about ways we connect changes in our lives really right. What does the Bible tell us about the end time.
The Bible is a book about cemetery allergy salvation, redemption and eternal life. David Chadwick is made an informative video called the end time prophecy from Genesis all the way through the book of Revelation, God's word is revealing facts about the times we live in, as well as the second coming of Jesus Christ. We would love to give this video to you as a resource to equip you to help you understand the history and prophecies of the second coming found in the Old Testament.
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The only people who like chains are babies with wet well it's a funny statement.
It really is.
But it could not be more true. You know, we don't like changed Ouija. Now people just don't like change even when the weather changes from day to day from a sunny day to a rainy day to a cold day.day we get frustrated and go why is the weather changing like this if you like in Charlotte yeah you like the weather in Charlotte. Wait five minutes, if that kind of joke. But the truth is, life changes, that is the reality of what goes on around us. Life does not stay the same and that's why when I heard this phrase some years ago I adopted it as a reminder to me of a couple of biblical truths.
First of all, life does change all around us. Second Corinthians 318 says that were ever-changing from glory to glory before following Jesus and us not only outwardly in our bodies do change that little older little flabby or they are changes only lose their whatever might be changing, but it does change all around us, but also were inwardly changing. At least we should be. We should be growing closer and closer to Jesus and shaving off more sin and becoming more like him in and every possible way. So, life changes, we move from city to city.
We have a baby than two babies and three babies that life is simply a process of constant change we need to realize that but also we need to realize that we worship and serve a God who never changes. The fancy theological term is the immutability of God.
It just means again that God never changes.
He's the same yesterday today and tomorrow. That's from Hebrews chapter 13 verse eight. So in order to live this life to the full. I think we need to realize the importance of this David is him today. The only people who like change. Are babies with wet diapers. They want that change to occur but for all of us who live on the side of eternity. We need to accept that life is change. We serve a God who is changeless.
This is really an powerful truth and I'm just thinking is that as a parent when my children were younger, you know right when we would get into a sweet spot of every teen in a schedule change that they didn't require as much sleep as many then it was just like I couldn't never settle into you at a strict red down because their humans are not robots saying hard at all and my son Michael just had a baby Grayson James Chadwick. He's only a couple few weeks old, but he's constantly whining and wanting to eat and Marilyn my wife finally called him the other day and said Michael has grown much and he said mom and in just a few weeks. He's grown several inches and she said well that's what's going on. He's hungry because he's growing current and that is life. You know, we have growth spurts we change. We eat sometimes we don't eat. Sometimes it's just a part of the process of life. Wow this is good.
It's a great reminder and it's actually there's a grace method because it allows us to say I'm going to rainy season and I'm changing and you can lean into the grace and exactly ever-changing from glory to glory until were perfected in him in heaven. God, who began the good work will be faithful to completed Philippians 16 and then in the meantime, we continue to worship this immutable God of the universe.
That's okay. Thank you so much Dana, thank you listeners for joining us as well and thank you Jen and anyone who would like to receive a daily moment of hope from me go to moments of hope church.org subscribe there you'll receive these in your inbox every morning at 7 AM it's a gift from me to you to begin your day with a moment of hope and moments of help with the senior pastor of moments of hope turns today's messages from our online worship service. You can be a part of our service each Sunday morning at nine and 11 o'clock I going to moments of hope church.org and wow your online be sure to get your screen a.m. called and time again free for all of our moments of hope radio listeners for teaching the Bible tells that time to moments of hope church.org\listener again. Moments of hope church.org/listener and