Saturday, June 4, 2011

SKITTLES, Part 1- Hoarders

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Skittles Represent What You Have To OFFER.

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24 (Msg)

Here are the 4 things that make up your life: 1. TIME 2. TALENT 3. TREASURE 4. TONGUE (Words)

Key Question- The average life span is 25,550 days. What will you do with your days?

Lessons from a Hoarder (Luke 12:13-21)
13Someone out of the crowd said, "Teacher, order my brother to give me a fair share of the family inheritance." 14He replied, "Mister, what makes you think it's any of my business to be a judge or mediator for you?" 15Speaking to the people, he went on, "Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot."
#1- Hoarders always need MORE.
16-19Then he told them this story: "The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: 'What can I do? My barn isn't big enough for this harvest.'
Lesson #2- Hoarders are SPENDERS.
Then he said, 'Here's what I'll do: I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones.
Lesson #3- Hoarders are SAVERS.
Then I'll gather in all my grain and goods, and I'll say to myself, Self, you've done well! You've got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!'
Lesson #4- Hoarders are FOOLS.
20"Just then God showed up and said, 'Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?' 21"That's what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God." Luke 12:13-21 (MSG)

The fool in this story wasn't being rebuked for his business savvy, it was the fact that he thought he was in charge. He didn't understand this important principle,
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God’s the owner, I am the manager
." We don't really own anything in our lives, we're simply the stewards. The Bible reminds us in 

Psalm 24:1, that, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.”

Key Question- What Are You Doing With Your Skittles?
The Bible teaches us that,
“A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.” Proverbs 11:28 (Msg)
We are most like God when we are generous. Proverbs 22:9 (KJV) says, "He who has a generous eye will be blessed, 
for he gives of his bread to the poor." When you are generous, you have an eye to see the needs of others. The skittles that God gives us aren't simply for us.
“For God so loved the world that He gave...” John 3:16 (NKJV) This verse reminds us that God is a giver. If you want to be like Jesus, you have to become a giver & it all begins with your life!

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:24-25 (NLT)

My Prayer For You Today
The person who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything. -Samuel Johnson
Whatever you do, “ ...please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us.” 2 Cor 6:1 (MSG)