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If I Were A Rich Man
12/22/2008

If I Were a Rich Man
    
    
    Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24 (NIV)
    
    I remember watching a movie called, Fiddler on The Roof, when I was a young boy of 11 years. Ill never forget the song that the lead character sang. It was called, If I Were a Rich Man. And the song had great meaning to the man who was singing it because he felt that he was truly poor. The lyrics went something like this:
    
    If I were a rich man,
    Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
    All day long I'd biddy biddy bum.
    If I were a wealthy man.
    I wouldn't have to work hard.
    Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
    If I were a biddy biddy rich,
    Yidle-diddle-didle-didle man.
    
    I'd build a big tall house with rooms by the dozen,
    Right in the middle of the town.
    A fine tin roof with real wooden floors below.
    There would be one long staircase just going up,
    And one even longer coming down,
    And one more leading nowhere, just for show.
    
    Ill bet most of us here in America have felt this way at one point or another during our lives. How many times have we heard someone say, If I won the lottery, Id&
    
    The fact of the matter is that we are all very rich.
    
    But Im not rich, you say. Well compared to what? How many pairs of shoes do you own? How many pairs of pants or shirts do you have?
    
    A recent study revealed that 53% of the worlds population individually lives on $2.00 a day. If your one of the lucky ones to have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of all of the people in the world. Much of them dont have the things that we take for granted. They dont have cars, running water, electricity, TVs radios, carpeting in their homes, or air conditioning or heaters.
    
    So what does this mean to us? How does this affect us as Christians?
    
    It means that we can get caught up in that lie that we need more stuff here on earth to be truly happy. It means that we can be too consumed during our lives here on earth, attempting to make money to buy more consumables and extras that will supposedly make our life better. We will spend more time than any other culture attempting to acquire the resources that allow us to live in a way that most Americans dont think twice about and are jaded to.
    
    And because were focused on this average American lifestyle we can become too busy to focus on the Kingdom of Heaven, and sharing a message that will allow others to know of it.
    
    Unfortunately, for those who have not discovered the true riches, safety, or the security, and provisions of our Heavenly Father, they are still looking for that magical pill in the form of landing a successful high paying job, buying that big house, acquiring a new car, or perhaps even buying a winning lottery ticket that will set them free. But there is no magic pill, and those things, as nice as they are to have, they just dont replace a relationship with Jesus.
    
    But still, some will press on, determined to find success and security in their finances, and God will allow it. Why is that?
    
    Why are there people who find financial success, even though theyre throwing their noses up in the air at Jesus and the offer of salvation and eternal life?
    
    And why does this happen when there are those who earnestly seek the Lord who are allowed to struggle financially?
    
    Because God knows exactly what each of us need.
    
    To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Matthew 25:15 (NIV)
    
    He knows that certain people have to possess large quantities of money and wealth only to realize that it didnt meet their true needs, nor was it what they expected.
    
    He knows that others will stumble with too much, and they wont be dependent upon Him or seek Him as they should. In effect, their money now becomes their god.
    
    God knew that if we possessed too much wealth it could be a distraction. He knew that it could cause us to focus on, and get caught up in, our temporary fleshly pleasures. And that it can cause us to become complacent and content in living in this world. When I look around at our country and see how much we have been blessed with, I can see how right He is. Im not targeting those who have large sums of money or a nice car or house, because were all rich in this country. That means we should all be careful that it is not our hearts desire to live for this world. I believe the rich that Jesus was referring to, was those whose hearts were set on the things of the world, rather than the things of the Kingdom of God.
    
    Money is just a tool to be used wisely, not to be collected and worshiped.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: Why does God give different amounts of money to each of us according to Matthew 25:15?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you ever desired a large sum of money to change someones life, or your own?
    
    APPLICATION: Remember what Matthew 25:15 says, and dont be bummed if you are not getting all that money that you think would change things. Because God has a plan for your life that is better than anything that you could ever master plan or coordinate yourself. Simply trust Him, and serve Him with everything you have. After all, according to God, you are rich!
    
    Heavenly Father, Thank You for all that You have given to my family and I. I Thank You for the many blessings that I have often times taken for granted. I am sorry for those times and I want to let You know that I am truly in awe of what You have allowed me to have. I would pray today, that You would write upon my heart Your will for all that I have. Show me how to invest it wisely into others for Your glory. Give me the wisdom that I need to be the steward that You have called me to be. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    

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