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Be on Guard Against Greed

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January 5, 2022 9:00 am

Be on Guard Against Greed

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January 5, 2022 9:00 am

As we continue our “In Step” series through the book of Luke, Pastor J.D. preaches about a sickness that most of us have, but few of us realize—the sickness of greed.

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Today on Summit life with Jeannie Greer. Jesus warns against the dangers of green for more formal often warned about the dangers of sex as a silent deadly killer.

If it's a kind of money, sickness, one of the worst symptoms of that sickness is a blindness to your condition.

Summit church in Raleigh, Durham, North Carolina. As always, I'm your host Molly benefits as we continue our brand-new instep teaching series to the book of Luke, Pastor Ginny preaches today about sickness that most of us have few of us realize the sickness of greed part of what makes greed so deadly is our inherent blindness to it and the interesting part is that Jesus simply assumes that greed is a problem for all of us, but thankfully he also offers us a radical gospel shaped antidote. If you're just joining us for the first time and want to catch up on this teaching series. Listen now here's Pastor JD with a message titled be on guard against 12 survival jumper 12 of you have your Bible, we are in week number two of a series called instep which were looking at at walking with Jesus in a way that makes our lives secure and eternally significant. Last week we saw Jesus worn religious people that it is possible for them to look like they are right with God, but be self deceived today wanted to see Jesus warned us about the toxic nature of greed, which is I'm going to show you an invisible sickness. Jesus says that afflicts all of us. Luke chapter 12. Like many people I am fascinated by that show orders I don't watch it all the time but when I do catch an episode on it's like I can't turn away anybody else like that. It's just so something tragically fascinating about about that show I just about all concept you going to somebody's house and there are up to their eyeballs in broken tennis rackets and verbal cages and copies of the Encyclopaedia Britannica when they stage an intervention on that show.

They almost always bring in. If you see that you know this almost always bring into people. The first is an organizer and the organizer deals with the what my getting rid of all the junk.

The second is a psychologist who deals with the why, what is it that makes this person compulsively collect all that stuff you need both people you be organizer and the psychologist because there's no use dealing with the what if you're not going to get to the why. They're just going to rinse and repeat that show that show hoarders I think demonstrates war look at today and that is that greed is not ultimately about our possessions. Greed is ultimately about the following conditions of our hearts match when Jesus is getting out of Luke 12 Take a look at this passage. Luke 12 verse 13 somebody from the crowd called out to him, teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me at scholars by the way, say that this was a very common problem in Jerusalem.

Older brothers could manipulate the laws that were on the books and in a way that would allow them to achieve younger brothers out of upwards. They say it, two thirds of the family inheritance. I was a system that was just open to abuse and injustice. Jesus's response. Verse 14 friend, he said them. Who appointed me a judge or arbitrator over you even told them watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions. Then he told them this parable. Okay, let's stop right there for the second now.

First, if these opening verses. Sound familiar to you is because we use this story in our flag series to illustrate how Jesus avoided getting entangled in the specifics of earthly justice questions so that he can focus on fulfilling his primary mission, which was preaching repentance, preaching the gospel and calling people to follow him, but today. Today we want to do is one of we want to look at what he actually preach to this younger brother.

What was it that he worn this younger brother and the crowd was listening on the older brother what he worn them about greed underline that word greed. If you underline stuff in your Bible. Watch out, he says, watch out. Be on guard against greed. Several things I think you should note here.

First, why is Jesus preaching this message to the younger brother the younger brothers.

The one after all that was being long you thought Jesus would've said hey go get your go get your manipulating older brother and bring him back here. He's the one that needs to hear this great message. But Jesus preaches into the younger brother also invite verse 15 seems to indicate that Betty Jesus is preaching to both of them. I see the word been there in verse 15 rightly eases on the image up in settle this matter. Both of you, but the one who was wrong and the one who is doing the wrong mean both of you got the same problem. Even though one of these in the right one is in the wrong button to get the same error problem and the problem is greed. The first thing I want you to write down to write stuff down is possible for you to live clean and still be consumed by great. It is very possible for you to live live in just a an exemplary way and still be consumed by greed and thought. Look at the way that Jesus words the warning, watch out. Be on guard against greed. They can sneak up on you and he can take you over without you even knowing it.

But you know that Jesus does not use this kind of language regarding any other sin.

Jesus never says, for example, watch out and be on guard for adultery. Why, because it doesn't really sneak up on you like that you know when you're committing adultery is hard to commit adultery and not know what what what you know you're not my wife that this is not how it works but it's very easy to be greedy and have no knowledge of it all. All that to say Jesus's assumption is that all people, both religious and irreligious, but those who are living unjustly and those were living justly of a problem with greed so I'll say it again it is important, it is possible for you to live clean to do a bit a person to do everything right and still be consumed by greed just like this younger brother but you know the Jesus warned against the dangers of green far more far more often than he warned about the dangers of sex greedy is a silent deadly killer. It it it it it's a kind of money, sickness, one of the worst symptoms of that sickness is a blindness to your condition.

So Jesus is going to want to tell them a parable. You say, watch out. Be on guard against greed and tell my story that is designed to help you diagnose your money, sickness before we look at that story I want to suggest to you that everybody listening to me right now. Wherever you are ought to start with the working hypothesis that you have a problem with greed. I don't think Jesus would've presented it best way to their younger brother who is been wrong.

Only you and thought this way.

If that is not something you wanted us to assume me to say okay that as Americans I think is just part of the air that we brief would be very clear center. Some of us are pretty sensitive about this. I love this country I love the Protestant work ethic that fuels our success and I think that we are one of the most generous countries on earth, but one of the curses of being prosperous is that as possessions increase, so does our appetite for more. Want to consider a handful of things are okay.

Americans make more than four times as much as the average person elsewhere outside of America but we spend 98% of that on ourselves. We spend more money in this country and eating out when we do giving to charity more money on our pets than we do helping the poor more money on pornography than we do on combating oppression and injustice. By the way that's not just because were in a tough spot right now.

Americans give less to charity today.

Percentagewise we did in the Great Depression. Consider this a household income of six figures puts you in the top half of 1% of people worldwide top half of 1%, yet only one half of America should be only one third of Americans you make six figures say they feel like they have enough money to buy what they need.

The richest one half of 1% in the richest part of the world feel like they don't have enough. And that translates into an addiction to debt. 71% of all credit card balances in this country have only the minimum monthly payment made every month. They say Americans spend on average a dollar 26 for every dollar that we earn. We save less than any industrialized nation in the world. German save Aratus at about 10% of Americans say that a rate of -.5% right so it's not a great situation on our addiction to possessions distorts everything distorts how we look at life. I heard about a guy with a brand-new BMW Yahoo open up the car door I've reported on the road and as he opened up the card get on the streetcar whizzes by 35 miles an hour tears off the door the car right your EE starts the police officer runs over the skies wailing all my BMW on my brand-new BMW and the officer said cement which along with use your left arm got torn off. Also gallops down to where his left arm was a ghost will not Rolex my Rolex was wrong in my role and that's not really true story but I think it's clear I think it's clear that like this younger brother problem with greed. Here's where Jesus diagnoses and prescribes a solution for money sickness for 16 what's to come there again. Rich man's land.

He said was very productive and he thought to himself what should I do, since I don't have anywhere to store my crops. I'll do this. He said I'll tear down my barns go bigger ones in a place I'll store all my grain and my goods there, then I'll say to myself, you have many good stored up for many years.

Take it easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself what God said to him, you fool, this very night your life could be demanded of you, and then those things that you prepared whose will they be then that's how it is. Jesus says, with the wanted stores offer treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.

Then Jesus said to his disciples. Therefore I tell you, don't worry about your life what you will eat about your body, what you will wear for life is more than food and the body is more than close to the pagan world.

Verse 30.

There want to run after all such things, but your father knows that you need them. You seek his kingdom and then these things be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Sell your possessions and give to the poor therefore provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near no moth can destroy where your treasure is much for your heart be also.

Tim Keller says that Jesus identifies in this story, seven symptoms of money, sickness. I was giving you seven symptoms that can diagnose what your heart is money. Sickness right simple number one boasting boasting this man gloats about his wealth any bigger barns need a bigger house.

Wealth gives this manna sense of confidence in the sense of self-worth for the money.

Sick how you feel about yourself is determined by how you compare financially to everybody else heard James Carville that political analysts they want time is it when you finally do get to the top your first inclination is not said is not to rejoice.

It's to look around Mike, who else is up here where I'm at now. Greed is inherently competitive. So even if you don't have a lot of money, you can still have this symptom never catch yourself looking at looking at others, comparing yourself to them lamenting that you were your children will have the opportunities that they have does a lack of money make you feel lesser, does it make you feel deprived. If so, then you've got money, sickness, symptom number two, worry if you got money sickness. You're constantly worried about the future.

You see this in verse 22.

What are we going to eat one of you drink one of you aware what can happen to my retirement, what can be the future of this economy. What if I never made the kind of money that will afford me really nice thing you worry, this way because you think the good life consist of material things and you're worried about never having those were not getting money to have that kind of life. Losing the money, what you got anything is really no way that I can have the good life unless I have the money. That's one worried about it or worried about losing once I have symptom number two simple number three money comfort money comfort see what this man does verse 17 he thought to himself. He's talking to himself. He's comforting himself by telling himself that all of his money is going to guarantee his safety self you got many goods laid up for many years.

Life is going to be awesome when you got money sickness you take comfort in money to cover my how much you you become a person feel safe when your financial prospects are abundant. You feel intolerably vulnerable women when they are that's the heart that gives birth to greed.

You need possessions in order to feel secure. The irony is at that point you no longer own your possessions they own you, because you need them to have that feeling of security that something number three symptom number four we see stinginess in this man's multiplying prosperity.

He never thinks about what is money can do for others, or why never asked why God gave him so much as a religious Jew because that's the context of who Jesus was talking to this man. Shirley paid his ties to the temple for generosity was not the joy of his heart. It's not wear his mind naturally went. He was most excited about living a life of luxury and ease in building bigger barns us why he talked to himself about those things, greedy people often will give out of a sense of duty, but they have no joy in being generous. It hurts them, they might ties in my they might they might hide, but it hurts so they only give what they feel obligated to give and then they go back to their their life of a bigger barn building something. Number five overspending overspending when you got money, sickness, money becomes the medication for whatever negative emotion you feel when you're sad you think about something when you're bored I'll get something new I need a bigger bar is like debt become such a problem, your saviors, your credit card at your bottle of pills you medicate life strains with with the Medicaid life streams was stuff in excessive amount of things is a sure sign of money sitting. Some of you men right now are thinking about your wife's closet but don't do that. Okay, think about whatever it is you collect symptom of six can't turn it off yet this incessant desire to pilot more and more is never seems to dictate that to be enough. I'm sure when the guy mystery was young man. I'm sure he thought, man, if I get I could just have enough money to buy some nice clothes man that would be the life and become nice. River cruise around Jerusalem and be awesome. Many God that he thought.

Memo to be like one dado my own farm, home workers and they get that image what it is Bill Barnett have some excess crimes like himself when he gets that now here he is needing a bigger barn, a symptom of money.

Sickness is never being satisfied enough is always right around the corner is just never quite where you are just a little bit ahead of you when I was there about this is weaker when I was a high school I wanted a pair of Air Jordan so bad, but they were absurdly expensive and my parents like you want us to pay $70 for a pair of tennis shoes. Are you out of your mind. The minute I just have a pair Air Jordan's energy shock watch that's what I wanted a G and I thought me if I can have that lie, I would like what else is there one in life. Just what I eventually got theirs. Things Dr. when both of right now I when I got there, is that in the giving way to something else was almost like a cruel joke. Real satisfaction than real security of soul is always just beyond me money. Sickness is like that.

It's always it's it's always always out there just beyond you would never lets up and reminds me of that CEO that was interviewed in Forbes magazine that I that I often quote he said. I spent my entire life climbing the ladder of success only get to the top and find out it was leaning against the wrong building something.

Number six is is is can't turn it off symptom number seven stockpiling money sickness drives you to save excessive amounts like this man. When I talk about a wise investment plan. That's biblical were talking about saving excessively or failing to be radically generous. Along the way I you thought you can't do that because money is the entire basis of your security for the future. People who have money. Sickness can't be truly generous because money is there security after they can't give it away. The EEC verse 33 where Jesus tells them to give away their possessions. Keep in mind that that that that all they had were possessions that induce savings accounts or stock portfolios. All they had was possessions possession for your retirement possessions were what you left your children.

So when Jesus says give away your possessions.

Jesus is not telling you to get rid of some things. He is telling this group to reduce their savings and cut into their net worth all of them I got there I can do that my identity is tied up in that my security is tied up in that Jesus could your money sick seven symptoms of money, sickness, boasting very money comfort stinginess overspending can't turn it off and stockpiling yet any of these you have any of these point your spouse be think they have some of it not only that was getting a grip. Thankfully Jesus in this passage points us to the cure with your account for things in this passage that he gives is a cure. 120 tells you wake up to the brevity of life.

This is a strangely effective care first 20 wake up to the brevity of life. This man security gets brought down by one sentence from God one sentence that God will say to every single one of us at some point in our lives first 20 tonight your soul is required of you and then all these things George Ford Escort whose well-baby, this man went to sleep that night. Totally confident about tomorrow is getting up early to play golf not night, about 2 o'clock in the morning. Unexpectedly, his art Psalm 90 verse 12 says that thinking often on the brevity of life is the beginning of wisdom. Lord Moses said in the Psalm 90 teach us to number our days, we may apply our hearts to learn wisdom.

It's only by firmly embracing the brevity of your life that you can begin order your life the right way. Dharma learn this lesson as a kid my play my favorite board game with my mom. We split was every afternoon monopoly money. I love the game and I'm a mom and I played all the time and I love getting Boardwalk and Park Place and Pacific and Pennsylvania Avenue. I got the whole side of the board.

At last, such of the board. I love watching her for anybody else live. I love watching her face went when the chute around the corner with her little car in there that she was going to have to land on one of my squares, limits the got a monopoly there is no way that you get through without without linen up on one of my squares of W hotels bankrupt or in one and one you know move number my mom you smiling with approval. Tell me I was given for the game after I'd taken all her money and transfer. She probably told me the biggest lesson of all monopoly and that is when she took the board and she scooped all that up to the end put it back in the box and said Sunday one you made all this money, but it makes no difference because it all goes back in the box. Now go clean your room and all that money you had didn't make any difference you understand that at death, it all goes back in the box it will is literally as worthless as all my accrued power and Part Pl. in Boardwalk and again that lasted for an hour and 1/2 and then convert all goes back in the box and whose wall was going to be only one life to live will sometimes only what's done for Christ will last many sickness. I guess you'd resonate with at least one of the right don't miss tomorrow when we learn Jesus is cure to our illness here on Summit life with JD Greer.

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