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The Rich Man Who Became Eternally Poor

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The Rich Man Who Became Eternally Poor

Theme: The rich man and Lazarus: true (eternal) riches and poverty. Lk. 16

INTRODUCTION

A.     There is a prevailing thought among some that being “rich” is equal to being righteous:

1.      This mindset is revealed by Jesus Himself against those who justified their righteousness.

2.      He wanted them to know that such a mindset and practice would lead to their ultimate poverty.

B.     In this lesson:

1.      We shall note how God’s blessings of wealth must be kept within a proper stewardship.

2.      Those who fail to use their wealth to God’s glory will receive

I.                   The P arable of the Unjust Steward

A.     The parable. Lk. 16:1-8

1.      This steward wasted the riches of His master’s goods entrusted to Him.

2.      In the end he needed to give an accounting for his deeds.

3.      The master ultimately commended the steward for dealing shrewdly (wisely; insightfully).

B.     The application of the parable. Lk. 16:9-13

1.      Be faithful over the things entrusted to you. V. 10

2.      If you’re not faithful over the riches of this life, who will entrust the true riches to you? V. 11

3.      You cannot have two masters: the one you ultimately serve will be yours for eternity.

II.                aN iLLUSTRATION OF AN uNJUST sTEWARD: tHE rICH mAN (Lk. 16:19-31)

A.     Departing to God’s left (the lost): the rich man.

1.      He focused on and enjoyed the pleasures of this life. v. 19

2.      He was condemned to torments in Hades. v. 22-23

3.      He forsook God in not caring for those in need. cp. Matt. 19:21; 25:41ff

B.     Departing to God’s right (the saved): Lazarus.

1.      He was poor regarding the things of this world. v. 20-21

2.      He was carried to Abraham’s bosom. v. 22

3.      He lived faithfully to God while living in his poverty. Cp. Jas. 2:5

III.             LESSONS FROM THE ACCOUNT

A.     God doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, just poor in spirit and rich in good works. Matt. 5:5, 16

1.      If you are rich, use it to God’s glory.

2.      If you are poor, be content in this life and live to God’s glory.

B.     We must be good stewards over all the rich gifts God blesses us to have. Rom. 12:6-8

1.      If we are rich in a gift, be a good steward with that gift.

2.      Do all to God’s glory.

CONCLUSION

A.     What kind of steward are you with what the Lord has entrusted to you?

B.     What kind of true reward will be yours?

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