Only One Life – and Only One Chance!

Sermon on July 24 by Pastor Roland Eskinazi

Scripture:  Luke 12 : 13-21

Is it really foolish to want ‘the good life’? What is the good life? How can we both want the good life and not be foolish?
If you only have one life:

1. GET REAL – AND DON’T WASTE IT!

  • Life is far more than what you own   ‘…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions’ (v15b)
    You don’t have to be rich or poor to be foolish. The rich fool thinks that life equals things and getting more of them.
  • Greed is far more fatal than you think    ‘Be on your guard against all kinds of greed’ (v15a)

‘Whoever loves money never has money enough …’
(Ecc. 5:10)

The more you have, the more you want and less satisfied you become.

‘How absurd and tragic the lover of money will seem on that day. like a man who spends his whole life collecting train tickets ; only to find that in the end he is so weighed down by the collection that he misses the train.’
(John Piper)

2. GET RADICAL – AND WIDEN YOUR HORIZON!

  • No-one is captain of his own fate     ‘This is what I’ll do. I will … build bigger barns and I will store …’ (v18a) 
    We don’t have control over life, or the day when we are summoned before God.

‘He who provides for this life but not does not care for eternity is wise for moment, but a fool for eternity’

  • Live for the King, not your little castle  ‘…take life easy; eat, drink and be merry’  (v19b)
    Are you living just for the dot (this world), or for the line (eternity)?
    If your treasure is on earth, every day you are headed away from it. If it is in heaven, each day is bringing you closer to what will last forever. (Mat.6:21)

3. GET RICH – AND BE WEALTHY IN JESUS!

  • Failure is being successful at all the things that don’t matter  ‘…then who will get what you prepared for yourself?’ (v20b)

‘One more revival – only one more is needed, the revival of Christian stewardship. When that revival comes, the kingdom of God will come in a day.’
(Horace Bushnell)

  • Success is giving what we cannot keep to gain what we cannot lose  ‘…but is not rich towards God.’  (v21b)
    This is the choice! You can choose to live like the rich fool and lose everything. Or like the man who found the treasure in a field, sold all he had and bought that field (Mat. 13:44)

Remember! Your life is not a rehearsal. How are you choosing?
Will God say to you ‘You fool!’ ? Or, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant?’

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