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Increasing Your Joy through Biblical Stewardship (4 of 4)
Series: DISCOVER THE JOY
Let's go to Luke, chapter 12 and verses 15-21. These are the words of the Lord Jesus.
(15)Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
(16)And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.
(17)He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
(18) "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
(19)And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '
(20) "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
(21) "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
Now, part of Lordship is the stewardship of our possessions. We said last week that God owns everything. God owns you. God owns everything you have. There is nothing in this world that does not belong to God. God doesn't just own ten percent, He owns one hundred percent. Ten percent is that which we give back to God as recognition of His ownership and as a sign that we depend upon Him to meet our needs.
I want to make a statement this morning. You cannot really say that Jesus is the Lord of your life unless He is Lord of your possessions. You cannot say that He is Lord of your possessions if you are not honoring Him with at least a tenth of what you make.
You say, "Preacher, I don't like to hear that. He is my Lord." Jesus said, "Then why do you call me Lord and do not obey me and do not the things that I say?"
Jesus indicates to us in this passage that it's so easy to let the attitude of this ...
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