SERMON NOTES

HOW TO BE RICH – PART 1 – CONGRATULATIONS!

NOT How to GET Rich!

The world’s average salary is just less than $18,000 a year…Most of us are Rich

Rich people confuse BEING Rich with FEELING Rich

When we become rich, we move from what we NEED to what we WANT

Most people who are rich never learned HOW to BE rich, so we’re not very good at it. We aren’t very generous – Until you admit you’re rich, you will never be intentional at being good at it

The best way to learn how to BE Rich is to follow the will of the One who MADE YOU Rich

Luke 12:13-19

13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods.

19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

MARGIN is the key to FEELING rich

UPGRADE – accounts for more margin erosion than anything else

Being good at being rich isn’t just about deciding what to do with your money – You also have to consider what your money is doing with you…or more to the point TO you.

Rich people are plagued by discontentment

“If you feed an appetite, it grows. Satisfying an appetite does not diminish it. It expands it. To diminish an appetite, you have to starve it.” – Andy Stanley

Luke 12:20-21

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Rich people suffer from “The migration of hope” – Wealth becomes a substitute forGod

Luke 12:22-34

22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

  • Worry is evidence that your HOPE has MIGRATED from God to wealth

27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

EVERYTHING YOU HAVE COMES FROM GOD

WE NEED TO PUT OUR TRUST IN THE ONE WHO PROVIDES