Pastor Shane Ham : Being Good at Being Rich

Escaping the Kingdom of Thingdom · 40:42 · Recorded March 12, 2017

Being Good at Being Rich

Ecclesiastes 5:19 (NIV) Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them… this is a gift of God.

1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 (NASB) But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs… Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

What does it take?

1. Developing a “gospel heart” for everything I’ve got!

1 Chronicles 29:10-12 (ESV) …Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours…Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.

It’s all God’s.

It all matters.

It’s time sensitive.

It’s ok that I enjoy it!

It’s ultimately for God’s glory.

2. Recalling what God says matters most!

Luke 12:15 (NIV) 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.”

3. Remembering God’s personal guarantee to those who live generously!

Proverbs 19:17 (ESV) Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Your bad things will turn out for good.

Your good things can’t be taken from you.

The best things are yet to come.

4. Restructuring my lifestyle around God’s heart!

Mark 10:17, 19-23 (GNT) As Jesus was starting on his way again, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?”… You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; do not cheat; respect your father and your mother.’” “Teacher,” the man said, “ever since I was young, I have obeyed all these commandments.” Jesus looked straight at him with love and said, “You need only one thing. Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.” When the man heard this, gloom spread over his face, and he went away sad, because he was very rich. Jesus looked around at his disciples and said to them, “How hard it will be for rich people to enter the Kingdom of God!”

2 Corinthians 9: 6-13 (GNT) Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. As the scripture says,“He gives generously to the needy; his kindness lasts forever.” And God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God. And because of the proof which this service of yours brings, many will give glory to God for your loyalty to the gospel of Christ, which you profess, and for your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else.

5. Releasing as much as I can, as often as I can, and with as much gladness as I can!

Study & Discussion Questions

  • How does knowing you’re rich affect your attitudes about worry, tithing, generosity, and thankfulness?
  • Review the passage from 1 Timothy 6:6-10 on the front of your notes. What is the “great gain” in godliness with contentment?
  • Describe how God spoke to you through this message. What was the greatest takeaway for you today? Share in your small group.
  • What is dangerous about wanting to be rich (see 1 Timothy 6:9-10)? How do you think the desire for wealth could cause you to “fall into temptation” and a trap?
  • Read Mark 10:17-23. What might have been missing in the rich young man’s life? How well might the man have obeyed the commandments relating directly to God? By choosing his wealth over a loving relationship with Christ, what does the rich man gain? What was he forfeiting?
  • When have you struggled the most financially? When have you been tempted to be a “lover of money”? Is there a difference between enjoying money and being a lover of money?
  • Talk to your kids this week about living a rich life, one that honors God. Explain to them that we are all rich, that being rich has nothing to do with money or possessions. Talk with your kids about what sorts of things can keep them from recognizing that they’re rich in God’s eyes.
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