by Jeff Schreve

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Servant or Master? (1 of 6)
Series: Money Matters
Jeff Schreve
Luke 16:1-14

A rich man was on his deathbed, and he knew it was just days before he was going to pass away. And he called three of his trusted friends and advisors to his bedside. He called his pastor, he called his doctor, and he called his attorney. And he said to these guys, "Guys, you know I'm just days away from death and they say you can't take it with you when you die. You can't take your money with you. But I think I can beat that maxim. And so, this is what I want to do. Right now, I'm going to give each of you a million dollars in cash. And when I die, and you come to my funeral, I want you to put that money in my casket so that I can take it with me, so that I can beat the system. I've worked hard for that money. I want to take it with me." And so they all agreed.

The man died. The day of the funeral came. The pastor, the doctor, the lawyer, they were all there. They passed by the casket. After the funeral there was a gathering. There was some food. The three of them were just making small talk. And, finally, the pastor said, "Guys, I've got a confession to make." He said, "We were all there at his bedside. We knew what he asked us to do." He said, 'I took some of the money. I took $200,000 of the money because I needed it for the church. And I put in $800,000 into the casket." The doctor says, "Well, since it's confession time, I've got to confess." He said, "I took $300,000 out to expand my clinic. And I put the $700,000 in the casket." And the lawyer looked at them and said, "I am disgusted with you guys, just totally appalled. I put in a check for the whole amount!"

We're starting a series today on money. We're calling it "Money Matters: How to Make Your Money Count for Now and Count Forever." Isn't that wonderful if we could use the money that we have now and make it count for all eternity? The Lord wants us to do that. He wants us to be able to do that.

Now the Bibl ...

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