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September 22, 2013 : CAN GOD TRUST ME?

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Luke 16:1-12

 

God's gifts are generous, and God's care is constant.  He is trustworthy.  The question I want to deal with this morning is, “Can God trust you?" Can God trust me?

 

The Accountability of the Foolish Steward: “Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2  So he called him in and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'” (vv. 1,2).

 

The First Reason I Am Accountable to God: He is the owner; I am the manager.

 

The Second Reason I’m Accountable to God: The owner has expectations of the manager.

 

OurselvesPaul said: ‘I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God...” (Romans l 2:1).  The most sensible way to serve God is settle immediately in your Christian walk that He's the owner; you're the manager.

PossessionsJesus said; “any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33).

Time. "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, 16  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-l 7).

Our Gifts.  That's why Peter says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.” (I Peter 4:10)

The Gospel.  I Thessalonians 2:4, “we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men but God, who examines our hearts.”

 

 

LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE STORY:

 

Use your opportunities wisely (w. 8,9).

 

He didn't praise him for the bad job he did: "The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light” (v. 8).

 

He was commended for the fact that when he realized there was a problem, he immediately took action to fix it.

 

Matthew 6:19-21,

 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

The second lesson the Lord teaches is: Trust must be earned (vv. 10-12).

 

The big question: Why would the Master give me more if I misuse what I have?


Look at verses 10-12:

 "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?” (vv. 10-12).

 

The Question Is: "What Are You Going to Do with What You've Got?"

Here's the big question. Why would the Master give me more if I misused what I have?

 

The Third Lesson Jesus Teaches is:  Trust can be measured (vv. 10-12).

Here's how he measures trust: not by what you're going to do; he measures trust by what you're doing right now.

 

 

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