06/06/2021 Three pots of gold in life

Three pots of gold in life

Luk12:16-21; BCBC/IOUC; 6/7/2021; Rev. Paul Wang

Introduction

When we hear there is one pot of gold, we may open our eyes. After we hear there are three pots of gold, we may close our eyes. We may think we did not even get the first pot of gold, how can you talk about three pots of gold? Augment Xianwen said ‘Gentlemen love fortune in a proper way.’ It can be traced back to the Analects of Confucius. Confucius said: ‘Wealth and nobleness are what everyone yearns for. Do not enjoy them if you do not gain them in a proper way. Poverty and meanness are what everyone abhors. Do not escape from them if you do not use a legitimate way to get rid of them.’This should be the moral and ethics high ground in Chinese civilization, right? Even after we believe in Jesus Christ, we may still not get rid of the ties and the bindings of our traditional culture, is it possible? Today’s Bible verses tell us to look at our wealth in a different angle. Let’s see the first pot of gold:

The first pot of gold

In the USA, people call the first pot of gold ‘old money’. The resource of the first pot of gold can vary for different people but the majority are inherited from ancestors. Of course, the first pot of gold for the new immigrants is special. For the European pioneers, people were few and the land was large. You just run a circle and the land inside the circle belongs to you. This opportunity is rare, so let’s see the Bible verses! First, the ground yielded an abundant harvest. Every one of us likes to be born with an abundant harvest. President Trump is said to be clever, but his first pot of gold was from his father. As long as not to be a prodigal, the difference between human beings is minor. To earn money through money is not challenging. Many people can succeed, do you agree? The Bible did not give us the reason. The rich man just appeared as a person with an abundant harvest. The story was started from here as the starting point of our reflection. How can a person, who was born with a first spot of gold, start his life?

Second, worry in mind. Believe it or not, generally speaking, when a person gets rich, there comes the worries. What to buy, what to eat, where to play, who to play with, what to play, and so on. If a link is unsatisfactory, there is unhappy, emotional, or something wrong. For the rich man in the Bible verses, his worries are not from disaster or reduced production but from an abundant harvest, too much food. Did you meet those people? They are actually not rare, just near us. Maybe you are one of them, is that possible? Of course, the poor have their own worries. After the last meal no next meal, the worries can not be easily avoided. In today’s Bible verses, Jesus is talking about the rich man, especially for those who have the first pot of gold. Are they filled with worries? Jesus pointed out an interesting point of worry, that is people would worry about lack of money because of their wealth.

Lastly, no place to store. No place to store the money could be the common worry for human beings since old times. If you were given a million US dollars, what would you do? To store in the bank, it will be devalued; To buy stocks, it will be risky; To buy real estate, you will worry. Just one financial crisis swept away all the wealth of many smart and rich second generations. Is it rare? 2008 is not far away from us, do you forget it? From the essence of money, they have feet and can run away; they have wings and can fly away. Do you really believe that you can control the money by yourself? This is the biggest misunderstanding in human beings! Let’s look at the second point:

The second pot of gold

There are indeed some financial geniuses! They buy mutual funds, stock, real estate and land, and they enjoy controlling money and playing with money! Then, they begin to brag, saying there are many masters of the money field like Ka-shing Li, Jack Ma, Huateng Ma, Bill Gates and so on. Right? First, expand in size. This is an open secret, which is to continuously expand investments to increase property. The richer you are, the more banks are willing to lend you money. After you have your first pot of gold, you will move towards the direction of your second pot of gold. You can use your first pot of gold as collateral to borrow money from banks for the second pot of gold. The law of capital profit requires that profits go up and costs go down. But the essence of the second pot of gold in life is stepping on the steel wire at risk. Who can predict who will win or lose in the second half? To get money through money seems majestic and extremely arrogant! Especially the players in Wall street, they move around multi-million capital at every turn. Do you know how much pressure there is in their daily lives? Do you really want to live their lives? What’s more, when the amount of the money reaches a certain scale, it must be related to the political system and politicians. There are many implications, and the reasons are self-evident. Why should I say more?

Second, save a fallback plan. Many rich people leave a large amount of money for their families and retirements and then they go to fight in the business world. Man proposes, God disposes. In the end, they were impoverished and beaten back to their original forms. These types of people should be the majority in the money field. He that catches snakes must suffer a wound. Those who live for money can not avoid being eaten by money, don’t you believe it? Don’t need to say it, the majority do not believe it. Therefore, gold diggers have pushed ahead in an endless stream since ancient times!The rich man in the Bible verses was able to toss. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. (Luke 12:18b) Is this the fallback plan of life? Grain will be destroyed by moths and vermin, and belongings will be stolen by thieves. What’s the meaning of building a bigger barn? Obviously, it is not easy to get the second pot of gold. To miss the opportunity may be high probability.

Lastly, enjoy peacefully. After human beings sin, the soul can not get peace. Therefore, our life is to find the original peace. Since birth, the parents are training their children not to lose at the starting line. Mathematics, physics and chemistry, culture, history and geography, piano, chess, calligraphy and painting, plus sports, all 18 martial arts must be proficient! After the children become parents, they begin to understand that their parents’ painstaking efforts are for them to find a good-paid job. When they retire, they do not need to ask for money from their children. It’s not bad if you are able to ask for money from children. In the Bible verses, the rich man said: And I’ll say to myself, ’You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.(Luke 12:19)’ But, is it possible? You do not even know what will happen tomorrow, how can you enjoy your old age in peace? Let’s look at the third point:

The third pot of gold

I think you have already guessed that you must deposit the third pot of gold in heaven. First, the belonging of the soul. The satisfaction of your flesh is to make your soul in peace. The problem is where is the belonging of your soul? Can you buy the peace with your money? Can you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Can the barn you expanded lay your soul? Is the ease in life equivalent to the peace of life? Will you be happy if you eat or drink? Can you take the money and the deed you have in the bank with you when you are dead? Can the money you earn in your life stay with you forever? Do you know who is in charge of human souls? God said to this rich man, You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? (Luke 12:20)

Second, store up wealth in front of others. After humans sin, they have no ability to reach God’s glory. People can only snatch the glory of God Rob, or steal worldly glory. Just as people are hungry for different kinds of honorary awards. Even if people are retired, old, dying, and about to enter the coffin, they do not forget to earn an emeritus pastor, honorary chairman, honorary academician, and other titles. If others don’t give it, they will always be ashamed, full of anger, intimidation and temptation, and humiliation of the Lord’s name! What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Everything accumulated in front of people is all in vain. Don’t you believe it?

Lastly, being rich toward God. Yes, why not pursue the abundance before God? Jesus encourages us to store up treasures in heaven, remember? Where moths and vermin do not destroy, its value lasts forever, why not do it? In just a few decades of our lives, we have the opportunity to deposit money in Heaven’s Bank. Unless you have the wisdom from God, you can only live the days of shortsighted. The boss of a shipping company went to the pastor’s office to offer a cheque, and suddenly he got the secretary’s call and said a ship had sunk. The pastor said, the company has this situation, you may not dedicate for now, right? The boss said that I will double my dedication before the insurance company comes. The pastor looked at him in amazement. He said, taking advantage of my little ability, I will save a sum of money in heaven which can avoid having no money to spend when I return to heaven. The pastor said: You are a wise man, may God bless you!

Conclusion

Dear brothers and sisters, three pots of gold in life, which pot are you pursuing? As a matter of fact, even though you are Lazarus, and beg food at the gate of the rich man, you are also rich in heaven because of the two coins you offered, like the widow. You may even lie down and rest at Abraham’s side! Will you?

Let us pray……

 

Luke 12:16-21

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.(Luke12:16 NIV)

He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’(Luke12:17 NIV)

Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.(Luke12:18 NIV)

And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’(Luke12:19 NIV)

But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’(Luke12:20 NIV)

This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”(Luke12:21 NIV)

 

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