Why Should I Give When I’ve Got Bills To Pay

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 Luke 15:1-10

I can remember when I got my first lawnmower. I was about 12 years old. My mother wanted me to be able to learn how to earn money and to work for myself. I’m not sure how she managed to scrape the money together to buy me that lawnmower.

We lived in Dublin Ga, and there were plenty of yards up and down the street that I could possibly cut. My mom wanted me to not only learn the discipline of work, she wanted me to be happy and to have some spending money in my pocket. She was thrilled when she presented the lawnmower to me. She could see the happiness in my face and I in hers.

I could see little dollars dancing in my head. She then asked me, “how much would I be able to give her toward the lawnmower. “ I told her well, I have to buy gas, I have to buy oil, and I have to by some things for myself, but if there was something left over, I would give her some of it. All the joy in her face disappeared, and she slowly walked away.

I realize now today, that I probably hurt my mom more in that instant, that I had ever done before. She had made this huge sacrifice for me, and all I was willing to offer to her were parts of my leftovers. I did not fully understand the gift I had been given and the cost that she had paid.

Suppose for a moment you took in a friend or a family member who was just plain down and out. They had no money, no food, no anything. You took care of them for a year. They finally got a job. You noticed one day, they had put a 60 inch tv in the bedroom you let them use.

You noticed a new i-phone, I pad, and the expensive ear buds for their music. You noticed the nice new designer jeans that had perfectly cut holes in them. You realize they have been their spending money, but are still eating, sleeping, and using your utilities as before.

Finally you tell them, “Look, I want you to start paying for some rent and food?” How would you feel, if they told you, “I love you and I appreciate all you have done for me, but I can’t pay rent, I’ve got bills to pay. Look at all this stuff in my room. I was wondering if I could put some stuff in your basement.” What would you want to say to them.

Do you know the number one reason most followers of Christ give little or nothing to the Lord financially. They say, It’s because they say they don’t have enough to give. They have too many bills to pay. Let me ask you this, “When you have too many bills how do you decide which one to pay and which one to just sit there?”

Jesus told us what the single largest bill was that we have would have to pay when he said, “What will it profit a person to gain the whole world, and lose their soul.” What is the price of your soul?

What would you accept as the price of your soul if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a heaven and a hell which lasts for eternity? Suppose God took you to both for 5 minutes each. How many of you would say, “for $150 million dollars, I will gladly spend 30 years being rich in this life, and then spend eternity in hell with all its pain and suffering.” Do you have more important bills than where you and your loved ones will spend eternity?

We are becoming a church in which we value the souls of men, women and children. We want to be that place, where Jesus is in the business of saving souls. That’s why we have our 50/50 goal of 50 new members and 50 new souls saved which is standing at 7/5. Jesus gave us a new commandment and a marching commandment in the pursuit of souls. The first was to love one another as he has loved us and the second was to go into all the world, preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations.

The commandments of Jesus cost money. This is the bill that the church has been given to pay. Everybody in the church has been given a share of the bill by God. Somebody in the past paid their portion of the bill and that’s why we are believers in Christ today. Some paid with their lives to get us the gospel. Others gave all they had to provide us with the opportunity to save those coming behind us.

Conclusion: no matter the position we are today let us remember our yesterday, and whoever we have the opportunity to help, especially the Children of God and to the service of God we are doing it for our heavenly home, knowing that our home is not here because as rain fall here, trees also fall. But in our home above it is always rain of blessing joy peace and everlasting pleasure and no tree will fall there. So as we journey here on Earth we always remember that God has put us where we are, thrn put him and his work in our budget and show him that he is the source of our blessing and we must bless him back and bless his children. May God help us in Jesus name.

What Does The Bible Say Will Happen Right After Death

Does the Bible tell us what happens right after death?

An Appointment

The Bible speaks a lot about life and death and we are given two choices by God as it says, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live” (Deut 30:19), so we must be “loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them” (Deut 30:20). We can either repent and trust in Christ or face God’s judgment after we die or at Christ’s return. Either way, those who reject Christ die with the wrath of God on them (John 3:36). The author of Hebrews wrote, “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb 9:27), so we know that a judgment comes after a person dies, but if we have trusted in Christ, our sins were judged at the cross and our sins have been taken away because it was “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2nd Cor 5:21). Every one of us has an appointment with death and none of us know when that day will come, so today is the day of salvation if you have not yet placed your faith in Christ (2nd Cor 6:2).

Lazarus and the Rich Man

Jesus gives us a story about a rich man and Lazarus, a very poor man called a beggar, but this is not the same Lazarus that Jesus raised from the dead in the 11th chapter of the Gospel of John. Lazarus was a very common name in the first century, and the Lazarus that Jesus raised from the dead wasn’t the poor beggar mentioned in Luke chapter 16 because Lazarus’ sisters were Martha and Mary, so Jesus is speaking about an entirely different Lazarus in Luke 16 than the one in John 11. Luke wrote “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores” (Luke 16:19-21), but “The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side”(Luke 16:22-23). There is no indication that the rich man had to wait to be tormented but immediately “called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame’” (Luke 16:24), however Abraham didn’t have good news for the rich man and told him, “between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us” (Luke 16:26). In other words, he cannot leave that place of torment because it is too late.

The Judgment

After death, the rich man in Luke 16 went into what the Hebrew says in the Old Testament is Sheol which simply means “the place of the dead” and the equivalent in the New Testament is where the rich man ended up, in Hades. Hades is which is also called “a place of the dead,” but there were already flames of torment after he had died. He didn’t have to wait for the second resurrection of the dead (Rev 20:12-15) as the rich man was immediately in torment, but not yet cast into the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). In the same way, after a Christian dies, they are immediately in the presence of the Lord, but that doesn’t necessary mean heaven. To me, heaven is being in the Lord’s presence more than it is a place. The Apostle Paul tells us that “We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord” (2nd Cor 5:6), and we also “know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2nd Cor 5:1) and “what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” (2nd Cor 5:4).

One Moment After Death

From what the Bible teaches, we know that in the very next moment after death, the children of God are with the Lord Jesus Christ, but for those who died in their sins, they will die with the wrath of God abiding on them (John 3:36b) and be in a place of torment like the rich man was in Luke 16. The man still had memory because he said to Abraham, “I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment” (Luke 16:27-28), but Abraham told him this wasn’t possible (Luke 16:29-31). So one moment after an unsaved person dies, they are already in torment and can experience physical pain (Luke 16:23-24) but also have mental anguish and regret (Luke 16:28), but by then, it is far too late. That’s why today is the day of salvation, because tomorrow may be too late if Christ returns or you die without trusting in Christ. Eventually, all will be physically resurrected with their bodies, “some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan 12:2-3).

Conclusion

Read what happens after the King of king’s returns to judge the unsaved in Revelation 20:12-15: “I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” For those who have been born twice (a physical birth and a spiritual birth) they will die only once, but if a person is only born once (physically), they will die twice; once in the body and next in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8), therefore, choose life