“POOR PROVERBIAL PRINCIPLES”
2011 Stewardship Series, Message #3
FBC Earlville 1-23-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION * Today’s “special”: “The Third Wish” A man was sitting alone in his office one night when a genie popped up out of his ashtray and said, “And what will your third wish be?”
The man looked at the genie and said, “Huh? How can I be getting a third wish when I haven’t had a first or second wish yet?”
“You have had two wishes already,” the genie said, “but your second wish was for me to put everything back the way it was before you made your first wish. Thus, you remember nothing, because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes. You now have one wish left.”
“Okay,” said the man, “I don’t believe this, but what the heck. I wish I were irresistible to women.”
“Funny,” said the genie as it granted his wish and disappeared forever. “That was your first wish, too!”
Crown Finances tell us that there are over 2400 verses in the Bible that talk about money – so we know that this stewardship thing is important to God.
The word “poor” appears in 198 verses, and 34 of them are in Proverbs.
Note 10:4,5 (poor in ambition) and 10:15 (poor in security).
The authors of Proverbs challenge us with this question: is it possible that our view of those we call “poor” will reflect our walk with the Lord, much less our ministry as a church? * Prayer
#1 A “POOR” LIFE MAY BE A PURPOSELESS LIFE
a. He lives only for today and not for eternity (21:17)
b. He is a servant, in bondage to his own doing (22:7)
c. He is never content, ever seeking “one more” (30:7-9; see v. 5)
#2 A “POOR” LIFE MAY BE A HOPELESS LIFE
a. He doesn’t listen to advice, nor is he diligent (13:8, 23 – contrast v. 7)
b. His is the lifestyle of being shunned, even by those who don’t
realize this is a spiritual issue (14:20,21, 31)
c. No one listens to the poor (18:23)
See also: 19:4, 7; 21:13; 28:15
#3 A “POOR” LIFE MAY BE A GRACE-FULL LIFE
a. He who first receives MERCY should give mercy (again, 14:21, 31)
b. He has a blessed heart whose eye is generous (22:9)
c. God loves to provide for those who provide (28:27)
See also: 22:22, 23; 29:7,14; 31:9, 20
CONCLUSION MAKE IT PERSONAL !!!
The poor are despised and rejected (30:14)
The Savior was despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3)
The Savior became poor, and we are His beneficiaries (2 Cor. 8:9)
We need to ask ourselves:
1. Are you in bondage to a poor, purposeless life?
2. Are you deaf to those who need to hear the Savior?
3. Have you found opportunities to weekly show grace?
4. Have you found the One Who…
though He was rich, became poor,
so that we through His poverty may become rich?
Close in prayer