Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What Did You Do with your Good Things?

Luke 16:25
"But Abraham replied, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good tings, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.”

God has blessed us with so much and it’s important that we use what he gives us to bless others not just ourselves. I saw that 60% of retired NBA players are broke and 78% of NFL players go broke after leaving the league according to ESPN’s 30/30. What happens to their Money?! They spend it on material things, houses, cars, jewelry; they indulge in drinking, drugs, gambling. When it’s all over, after making millions of dollars they have nothing to show for it and live in agony.

It’s not just the very rich that waste their “good things” but we too can look back on seasons in our lives when we wasted what God gave us instead of blessing others with what God gave us. We are blessed to be a blessing and to be wise stewards over that which God gives us. The bible says, “a righteous man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.” And Jesus also reminds us to take care of the least of these.

Jesus told a story about a rich man that lived in a mansion with a poor man named Lazarus living right outside. Lazarus had sores all over his body and longed for the scraps from the rich man’s table but he didn’t give him any “good things.” The poor man died and the angels took him straight to heaven. The rich man died and was buried then went to hell where he burned in agony.

Even in hell the rich man had a sense of entitlement and asked Abraham to send Lazarus to give him some water. In hell, he still saw Lazarus as his servant, somebody less than him in status. In hell, your thirst intensifies but is never satisfied and you are unable to see your need for God because what you lusted for has replaced God.

Abraham said, “I can’t help you…you had your “good things” while Lazarus received his “bad things” and now he is being comforted here and you are in agony. Let me ask you a question: What did you do with your good things?
  1. We should share our “good things” it’s more blessed to give than it is to receive.
  2. Give a tenth to God. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in my house…when there is meat in God’s house; he is able to give good things through his church to those who need them.
  3. Don’t live in excess. Luke 12: 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.”
  4. Give your best not what’s left over. Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—when you now have it with you. NIV
Dear God,

Thank you for blessing me, now help me to look for the less fortunate instead of just thinking about myself. Help me to share my good things.

In Jesus Name,


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