GOD'S INVESTMENT STRATEGY
Stewardship Series � Part 2 of 3
January 16, 2005
I. THE STORY OF THE SHREWD MANAGER:
Luke 16:1 �Jesus told his disciples: �There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.�
We too are God�s managers.
Luke 16:2 �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.�
We too will face a day of reckoning.
Luke 16:8 �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.�
We too can extract positive lessons from negative examples.
Prov. 2:3-53 and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
WHAT HE DID RIGHT
* ___________________________________________________________________ (v. 3)
* __________________________________________________________________ (v. 4)
* _________________________________________________________________ (v. 5-6)
Response of the Pharisees
Luke 16:14 �The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.�
II. THREE LESSONS ABOUT MONEY
1. THE PURPOSE OF GIVING
'I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.' Like 16:9
* The greatest use of my money is to ______________________________
2. THE PRINCIPLE OF BLESSING
'Whoever can be trusted with very little can 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?'
* If I am faithful with ______________________________ God can trust me with more of it.
3. THE PRIORITY OF LIVING
'No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.' (v. 13)
* I must choose ______________________________
* Money is to be _______________, not _______________.
'The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives.'
Deut. 14:23 (LB)
Does God really have first place in my life?
How much am I investing for eternity?
Can God trust me with spiritual blessings?