by John Barnett

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Cultivating Biblical Contentment (46 of 58)
Series: Revelation - From Now to Forever
John Barnett

What are you taking with you to heaven?

For a moment, picture with me the 230+ people of TWA Flight 800, on July 17th, 1996. As the plane was exploding and they were entering eternity as their plane crashed into the Long Island Sound.

Before the crash there is a group of French Club students and their teachers, a noted politician, a millionaire corporate executive, a playboy and his playmate, a missionary kid on the way back from visiting grandparents.

After the crash they stand before God utterly stripped of their travel plans, MasterCards, checkbooks, credit lines, image clothes, how-to-succeed books, and Hilton reservations. Here are the politician, the executive, the playboy, and the missionary kid, all on level ground with nothing, absolutely nothing in their hands, possessing only what they brought in their hearts.

How absurd and tragic the lover of money will seem on that day-like a man who spends his whole life collecting train tickets and in the end is so weighed down by the collection he misses the last train. And hears the solemn words of Christ Matthew 22:12-14 "And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen." (KJV)

Element # 4 of a Believer and Possession

This morning we are examining the last of four elements that mark a true believers life as it pertains to possessions. We have seen:
1. Ownership: Giving to God All in this Life
2. Stewardship: Giving to God His in this Life
3. Materialism: Giving to God First in this Life
4. Contentment: Giving to God Place in this Life
Correcting our view: A contented Christian has a Correct View of ETERNIT ...

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