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Discovering Gravity

By on October 29, 2017

Series: Defying Gravity
Today: Discovering Gravity
Read: Matthew 19:16-26.

Introduction
Gravity is a natural force that pulls a body toward the earth. Just as gravity exists in our natural world, there is a type of “financial gravity” that exists in our culture. Tom Berlin coined the phrase “financial gravity” to refer to the pull we feel in our culture to purchase material possessions. We allow “financial gravity” to become too strong when we begin to thoughtlessly purchase far more than we need and allow our possessions and wealth to assume too much importance in our lives.

It is easy to give into the pull of financial gravity.
It is easy to give into the pull of financial gravity because we live in a culture that tells us we will be better off if we buy more and better things. So we keep buying stuff because it promises us happiness, freedom, joy and comfort. But in reality, the outcome of financial gravity is far different. Having too many possessions can lead to clutter and stress. Perhaps you too sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by the volume of stuff you own – by the clothes that don’t fit in the closet, toys that don’t fit in the toy bins, and dishes too numerous to fit in the kitchen cabinets. Has all that you have acquired actually made it harder to enjoy life?

Jesus counsels a man pulled down by financial gravity
We are not the first people to struggle with the allure of possessions and wealth. One day, a young man approached Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?” The young man loved God, but something was clearly amiss in his spiritual life. So he asked Jesus for counsel. Jesus responded by telling the man to keep the commandments. “The young man replied, ‘I’ve kept all these. What am I still missing?” (19:20)

Jesus could look into that young man’s heart, and saw that the young man loved God, but loved his wealth more. So Jesus encouraged that young man to break free from the pull of his wealth by doing something radical. Jesus said, “If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me. (19:21) He could have been the 13th disciple! Sadly the man chose to keep his wealth rather than journey with Jesus, and he walked away.

It’s Hard for Rich People to Make God #1
Jesus said to his disciples, “I assure you that it will be very hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, it’s easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.” (19:24) Jesus warns that once we begin to amass wealth, we face the risk of allowing our wealth to become too important in our lives – even more important than God. This warning applies to us. You see, we are among the richest people on earth! If you earn $35,000, you are among the richest 5% in the world! If you earn $100,000, you are among the wealthiest 0.3% of people in the world! If we are not careful, we can become so focused on protecting our wealth, that we push God and neighbor down our list of priorities and concerns.

Jesus said it is hard for people to escape financial gravity and move into God’s kingdom, but he did not say it is impossible. In fact, he said, “All things are possible for God.” (19:26) During the next three weeks we will explore how we can work with God to defy the dangers of financial gravity and instead enter the gravitational field of God’s kingdom.

Clean Out Challenge:
Clean out some of the clutter. Bring your items to church on Saturday, Nov. 11 between 10am-noon.

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