Jesus’ Amazing Advice on Investments and Rewards

-Parable of the ‘what’ and the ‘who’

A. The building guys’ key question of life “What shall I do?”

B. Jesus Key question: “Who will get it?” which includes “why is that important?”

(Luke 12:15-21 NKJV) And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (16) Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. (17) And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ (18) So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ (20) But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ (21) “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

The builder guy =In 3 sentences – He used self language 19 times – in 19 seconds of talking – what a boring person!

(myself, I ,I, my) + (I, I, my, I, I, my, my) + (I, me, myself, myself, I, I, I, I)

-No talk of God

-No talk of his wife

-no talk of his children

-no talk of the cost in time and effort

-no talk of ‘Who’?

-Who will get it?

-Government? Banks? Family tug-of-war?

or:

-next generation

(Proverbs 13:22 NKJV) A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

-and needy people

(Luke 6:35 NKJV) But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

-What’s God’s view of money, investment and Heaven?

Time past <———— l * l —>————————————>>>forever in heaven.

(*=my life on earth)

-Jesus spoke 15 times about rewards. He spoke about:

A. Positive rewards

“Great is your reward in heaven”.

(Matthew 5:12 NKJV) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

B.No rewards.

-“No reward from your Father in heaven”… ‘They have their reward”

(Matthew 6:1-2 NKJV) Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. (2) Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

-Motivated by reward and loss

(1 Corinthians 3:12-14 NKJV) Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (13) each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. (14) If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

-Differentiation of quality of work

-Reward or loss

Let’s invest into the Who! Eternity investment is the Why?

-God

-Relationships

-Needy people

-Find purpose and passion

(Revelations 22:12 NKJV) And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.