Seizing Opportunities (3 of 6) by David Cawston

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Seizing Opportunities (3 of 6)
Looking at Life from a Different Perspective
Rev. David Cawston
Luke 16:1-13

Introduction:

Again as we look at things from God's perspective we will see through a parable that Jesus told that again he looks at our stuff and sees what we are doing with it.

Take $1 dollar out of your purse and wallet and hold on to it.

I won't take it from you!

I want to use it to illustrate something later on!

Our idea of giving out money away solicits a wide range of emotions.

Some cringe, there is fear, guilt, joy etc.

It is the reason some don't go to church is because they always talk about it. Etc.

Our perspective determines our emotions.

Most of the people in America today when the offering plate goes around have this perspective when they come to church:

This is my money and the preacher and his gang are after our money.

You may not buy into this statement all together but there are parts of it that you can identify with.

Our perspective is found in one of these three presuppositions.

- This is my money!

- When I give at church if am giving to the church!

- There is a lot more for me to lose than gain!

One or parts of these thoughts or our attitudes shape our perspective and our perspective shapes our response.

I read this comment:

"Funny how a $100 "looks" so big when you take it to church, but so small when you take it to the mall."

Jesus was speaking to a group of religious people that loved money!

Their attitude shaped the thinking of all the people of that day.

His whole goal in teaching this was for us to see things from God's perspective.

We all grew up with parents that taught us don't touch this, leave that alone, don't do that clean that up etc.

We grow up and say the same things to our kids don't touch this, leave that alone, don't do that clean that up etc.

What they told us to do as a child didn't make any sense but now that we have grown up we see it fro ...


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