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Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-21

"You Can't Take It With You"

 

Intro.

1.  Sometimes ďyou canít take it with youĒ is used to rationalize self-indulgence and extravagance.

2.  Which inheritance concerns you the most: Material or spiritual?

3.  Are you planning to take something with you beyond the grave? cf. Psa. 49:10-13

  a.  Some try to control their children, their estate, their business, etc. from beyond the grave (cf. Eccl. 2:18-19).

  b.  Letís do some spiritual estate planning (Luke 12:13-21).

 

I.  WE CANNOT TAKE ANYTHING MATERIAL WITH US BEYOND THE GRAVE, Lk. 12:20 (Job 1:21).

  A.  We Brought Nothing With Us into Life, Eccl. 5:15; 1 Tim. 6:7.

    1.  Ought to cause spiritual priorities, Eccl. 5:12-14 (Jas. 1:9-11).

    2.  Ought to cause contentment, 1 Tim. 6:8 (Phil. 4:11-13, 19).

  B.  We Will Not Take Anything Material With Us, Psa. 49:16-17 (Lk. 16:19, 22-23). Rich man fades away in his pursuits (Jas. 1:11).

    1.  Money wonít redeem our soul, Psa. 49:5-9.

    2.  Only God redeems from the power of death, Psa. 49:15.

  C.  We Will Not take the Praise and Honor of Men with Us, Psa. 49:18-20 (Jno. 12:43).

 

II.  WE WILL TAKE SOME THINGS WITH US BEYOND THE GRAVE.

  A.  We Will Take Our Identity, Lk. 16:22-24; 23:43.

    1.  Our character and conduct, Matt. 25:34-40.

    2.  Our consciousness, Matt. 25:21 (Lk. 16:23-31).

  B.  We Will Take Our Memory, Love, Emotion, and Awareness, Lk. 16:27-28 (limited, cf. Job 14:21; Will not affect earth events, Eccl. 9:5).

  C.  We Will Take the Results of Our Lives, 1 Tim. 5:24-25.

    1.  Our words, Matt. 12:34-37.

    2.  Our works, Rev. 14:13 (1 Cor. 15:58).

      a.  Good, Rev. 14:13; 1 Tim. 6:17-19.

      b.  Evil, 1 Tim. 5:24-25.

 

III. OUR PRESENT IMPACTS OUR ETERNAL FUTURE (Rom. 14:12).

  A.  Hope Beyond Death is Unique to Mankind, Eccl. 9:5-6; 12:13-14.

    1.  True hope is only in Jesus Christ, 1 Cor. 15:19; Jno. 11:25-26; 1 Pet. 1:3-4.

    2.  Our soul rests in hope (like Davidís and Christís), Psa. 16:9-11.

        -Hope of resurrection unto eternal life (hope in God, Acts 24:15).

  B.  We Will Leave a Legacy When We Die, Heb. 11:4.

    1.  Our reputation (name; Prov. 22:1). cf. Mk. 14:9; Jas. 5:10-11

    2.  Our influence (Dorcas, Acts 9:36, 39).

    3.  Our children, Psa. 71:17-18 (78:5-7).

    4.  A legacy of faithfulness, service, duty and confident hope, 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

 

Conclusion

1.  What a wonderfully comforting truth that God is mindful of us and has prepared a place for us to live now and forever, Psa. 8:4-5; Jno. 14:1-3.

2.  We have a choice: Hoard up treasures for ourselves on earth or be rich toward God (Lk. 12:20-21).

3.  Be wise about life and death and obey Jesus now.

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted February 15, 2021