In this passage we discover:
A. A Languishing Treasure (vs
- A Languishing Treasure is:
1. A Selfish Tresure (vs
Isaiah 14.12-17) [-
Notice the many "I Will's" in these verses.
This is strangly remenescent of the "I Will's" of Lucifer recorded in
14.12 How art thou fallen
from heaven , O Lucifer , son of the morning ! [how] art thou cut down to the
ground , which didst weaken the nations !
13 For thou hast said in thine heart , I will ascend into heaven , I will
exalt my throne above the stars of God : I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation , in the sides of the north :
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds ; I will be like the
most High . 15 Yet thou shalt be
brought down to hell , to the sides of the pit.]
2. A Slothful Treasure (vs
And I will say to my soul , Soul , thou hast much goods laid up for many years ;
take thine ease , eat , drink , [and] be merry.
- A Treasure, your treasure reveals
your purpose and goals in all of life.
A treasure is the accumulation of the labor of your life, in most cases.
There are some who thrive off the labors of another, their parents of
grandparents. However, in most
cases, and in this biblical case it is the result of the dilidgent years of an
individuals effort. So the question
is, why do you work the way you do?
What is it that you hope to aquire as a result of all of your work?
What is your purpse or goal in life?]
[a. Retirement -
Take thine ease - It appears froma
study of this phrase that this is comparable to our modern idea of retriement.]
[1. Ease -
(Gk) - 1) to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labour
in order to recover and collect his strength
2) to give rest, refresh, to give one's self rest, take rest
3) to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation]
It there anything wrong with retirement?
It there anything wrong with saving up for retirement or with planning
for the future? Absolutely not.
God expects us to be good stewards and a good steward must plan for
tomarrow and beyond. Good and
reasonable planning is an expected part of life.]
[3. The problem presented in this parable is that the farmer made his retirement
the end goal, the supreme goal of his life.
He failed to realize that there are some things that are greater than
your bank account, your pleasure, and your prosperity.
He failed to recognize the
eternal aspect of his life.]
[b. Reinvestment - God is not so
much for your retirement in your golden years, but He is rather for your
reinvestment in your golden years.
If God has given you great financial blessing, such as will allow you to retire
for your mortal labors, then His intention is that you might reinvest all of
your efforts and accomplishments into your
ERA (Eteranl Retirement Account) rather than your IRA.]
3. A Somber Treasure (vs
[- But God said unto him , [Thou] fool ,
this night thy soul shall be required of thee : then whose shall those things be
, which thou hast provided ? 21 So
[is] he that layeth up treasure for himself , and is not rich toward God .
This farmer had never sanctified his labor or his gains for God.
They all were just his and who was God to think that any of it might
belong to Him!]
[a. The Soverignty of God - God
clearly reveals His overarching authority and soverignty when He decalres that
the man's life would be requried.
This man had all his riches, but did he really have the level of stature and
authority that he presupposed. He
did not. For all of his prosperity
and supposed authority would not be able to rpeserve his life, and could not
prevent his appearance before Almighty God.]
A Sanctified Treasure - A wise man
will recognize the provision and position of God in his life and his decisions.
This somber treasure ought to have been a treasure that was sanctified
B. A Lasting Treasure (vs
33-34) - True Treasures are the result of:
1. Proper Priorities (vs
Don't make the accumulation of wealth your primary goal in life.
Seek the things of God, and prosperity and wealth will take care of
[a. The Ravens and Flowers - They don't store up, they don’t toil, but God
provides for all of their needs in a glorious way.
You are worth much more than they.]
[b. Contentment is a key for godly
13.5-6 [Let your]
conversation [be] without covetousness ; [and be] content with such things as ye
have : for he hath said , I will never leave thee , nor forsake thee .
6 So that we may boldly say , The Lord [is] my helper , and I will not
fear what man shall do unto me .]
But godliness with contentment is great gain .
7 For we brought nothing into [this] world , [and it is] certain we can
carry nothing out . 8 And having
food and raiment let us be therewith content .
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare , and
[into] many foolish and hurtful lusts , which drown men in destruction and
perdition . 10 For the love of
money is the root of all evil : which while some coveted after , they have erred
from the faith , and pierced themselves through with many sorrows .
11 But thou , O man of God , flee these things ; and follow after
righteousness , godliness , faith , love , patience , meekness .
12 Fight the good fight of faith , lay hold on eternal life , whereunto
thou art also called , and hast professed a good profession before many
2. Proper Passions (vs
32-34) [- A Christian ought to be passionate about:]
[a. Trusting their Heavenly Father (vs
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God ; and all these things shall be added
unto you . 32 Fear not , little
flock ; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.]
[b. Doing their Heavenly Fathers work (vs
Sell that ye have , and give alms ; provide yourselves bags which wax not old ,
a treasure in the heavens that faileth not , where no thief approacheth ,
neither moth corrupteth.
- This must be recognized as active ministry.]
[c. Keeping their heart right with God -
For where your treasure is , there will your heart be also.]
3. Proper Persuasion (vs
Pet 3.10-12) [-
Eternal Expectancy is a vital key that leads to a lasting treasure.
If you do everything you do as if it might be the last thing you might do
before you stand face to face with your Lord Jesus Christ, then everything you
do will be transformed by your anticipation.
We are consistent reminded throughout the Bible that our Lord Jesus
Christ will return thief in the night.]
Thess 5.2 For yourselves know
perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.]
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night ; in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise , and the elements shall melt with
fervent heat , the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up
. 11 [Seeing] then [that] all these
things shall be dissolved , what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all]
holy conversation and godliness ,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God , wherein the
heavens being on fire shall be dissolved , and the elements shall melt with
Your expectancy or persuasion will impact the way you live your life.
It will affect why do what you do and why you make the choices you make.]
C. A Latent Treasure (vs
A treasure not now realize but will be full revealed in
the near future. Similar to a
latent finger print at a crime scene, which is barely visible but maybe brought
out for study.]
1. Blessed Servants [-
Blessed servants are found:]
[a. Ready to open (vs
[b. Watching (vs
[c. Serving (vs
2. Blessed Sons [- You cannot
be ready for the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ until you first accept Him
and your personal Lord and Savior.]
CrossRoads Baptist, April 1, 2007