by James Merritt

"Wise Up Before You Ship Out"
James Merritt
Luke 16:1-13


1. The one thing that is predictable about the Lord Jesus Christ is, at times he was totally unpredictable. He was always full of surprises.

2. If you knew that God's Son had come to earth and that his words had been recorded in a book, and someone asked you what topic he discussed more than any other, you would naturally assume it was heaven. Yet, Jesus talked more about hell than he did about heaven. Now you might rationalize for a moment and then think to yourself, "Well, that makes sense as well because perhaps the best way to get people into heaven is to warn them about hell."

3. But would it surprise you even more that there was one topic that Jesus talked about more than hell or heaven. That topic was money.

4. When you read the first three gospels, one out of every six verses deal with the use and abuse of money. Sixteen of the thirty-four parables that Jesus told deals specifically and directly with money. There are over 500 verses in the Bible that deal with prayer. But there are over 2500 verses that deal with money.

5. Now Jesus did not talk about money so much because he was obsessed with money. But he knew that we would be obsessed with money. The Lord Jesus tells a story in this thirteenth chapter of Luke; a very surprising story with a startling ending, and an even more stunning message that, if properly understood, will give you exactly the right perspective you ought to have toward money. Now there is nothing wrong with money in and of itself. Contrary to what many think, the Bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. The Bible says, "The love of money is a root of all evil." (I Tim. 6:10)

6. In this parable Jesus again is going to surprise us because he is going to use a most unusual character to teach us a most unusual lesson about how we can use earthly money to build heavenly mansions.

I. A Corrup ...

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