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Lead Pastor John Hampton’s teaching series for the month of November is about handling money, and is called, “Live To Give.” Giving is central to the nature of God, the mission of Jesus, and in shaping the heart of Jesus’ followers. This series is not about having the right insurance, as much as the right assurance; not about securities, but about security; not about trusts, but about trust; not about growing your principal, but about understanding and applying God’s principles.
Pastor John has also written this accompanying 30-Day Live To Give Daily Devotional Guide to supplement the weekend messages.
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- Live to Give Devotionals
- Live to Give – Oct 31
- Live to Give – Nov 1
- Live to Give – Nov 2
- Live to Give – Nov 3
- Live to Give – Nov 4
- Live to Give – Nov 5
- Live to Give – Nov 6
- Live to Give – Nov 7 How would I evaluate myself to see if I'm rich toward God?
- Live to Give – Nov 8
- Live to Give – Nov 9
- Live to Give – Nov 10
- Live to Give – Nov 11
- Live to Give – Nov 12
- Live to Give – Nov 13
- Live to Give – Nov 14
- Live to Give – Nov 15
- Live to Give – Nov 16
- Live to Give – Nov 17
- Live to Give – Nov 18
- Live to Give – Nov 19
- Live to Give – Nov 20
- Live to Give – Nov 21
- Live to Give – Nov 22
- Live to Give – Nov 23
- Live to Give – Nov 24
- Live to Give – Nov 25
- Live to Give – Nov 26
- Live to Give – Nov 27
- Live to Give – Nov 28
- Live to Give – Nov 29
Saturday-November 7 | Daily Devotional 8
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” John Wesley
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”‘ 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?’ This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
On one occasion when Jesus was teaching, a huge crowd had gathered about him. Someone yelled out, “Teacher tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me!” Seizing upon the man’s request, Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)
Jesus then went to amplify his warning on the consuming nature of greed by telling a story of a rich man whose fields produced a bumper crop. Upon seeing his unprecedented and unexpected increased prosperity, the man thought to himself, “What shall I do?” (Luke 12:17)
We have a tendency to allow how much money we have or how much stuff we have accumulated to define who we are. USC Professor of Sociology Robert Bellah writes: “For over a hundred years, a large part of the American people has imagined that the virtual meaning of life lies in the acquisition of ever-increasing status, income, and authority.”
By the way, that’s a very good question. That’s a very insightful question. That’s a question that God wants us to ask ourselves often when we think about how we use our money and our stuff. Nothing wrong with asking that question of ourselves when it comes to managing money. So far, so good.
But the answer the man comes up with is terribly misguided and misdirected. “This is what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 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.” (Luke 12:18-19) Bad answer. Wrong conclusion. Because no sooner had he said that, then something totally unexpected, totally unaccounted for happened–he died.
As Jesus explained it, “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?’” (Luke 12:20) As his listeners absorbed the impact of the story, Jesus drew the application, “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:21)
Randy Alcorn points out that this apparently successful business man failed to factor in three investment fundamentals:
- the mortality of his present life
- the eternality of his future life
- the reality that today’s choices were shaping his future life
The man asked the right question: What shall I do? But somehow he arrived at the worst possible answer: I’ll keep it all to myself. He saw his prosperity as something to benefit himself exclusively. It was not to be shared, not to be used for any purpose other than his own pleasure. He thought his riches were actually his riches; he thought his amazing crop was something he deserved. He thought the future was his to predict. At every turn, he took God’s place and denied His authority. He was more concerned with “hoardship” than lordship.
Jesus ends this story by saying this is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.
How would I evaluate myself to see if I’m rich toward God?
Lord, I want to be rich toward you. Forgive me for just wanting to be rich. That desire is no different than the dead, rich fool’s desire in the story. I don’t want to be just rich I want to be rich—toward You. Thank you, Jesus, for showing me what that means. Shape my attitudes toward money and possessions so that they align with Yours. In the name of the One who was rich, yet for my sake became poor, Amen.