God as an investment capitalist _Luke 19_11-27_ - JLWilliams

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					GOD AS AN INVESTMENT
    CAPITALIST
   (LUKE 19:11-27)
     DR. J.L. WILLIAMS
    JL, PATT & FRIENDS
    WWW.JLWILLIAMS.ORG
Introduction
1. Many people are very surprised to hear God
   spoken about in economic terms – much less in the
   terms of capitalism.
2. Most people do not associate God with business –
   that’s why we have a tragic divorce between God
   and business; between the church world and the
   business world; between the Christian ethic with the
   business ethic.
Introduction
3. If God can be properly spoken of in terms
   of capitalism, what does the term actually
   mean?
  1. Capitalism is:   “The economic system in which all or
     most of the means of production and distribution are
     privately owned and operated for a profit – under
     competitive conditions.”
  2. Therefore, a capitalist is simply:     “Religion that God our
      “A person who has capital; an        Father accepts as pure
     owner of wealth used in business.” and faultless is this: to
                                              
                                            look after orphans and
  3. By that definition then, God is a widows in their distress
      Capitalist!                              and to keep oneself
                                             from being polluted by
                                                    the world”
                                                  (James 1:27).
Introduction
 4. However He is a Benevolent Capitalist – rather than an
    exploitive capitalist.
    “Who has a claim against Me that I must pay? Everything
     under heaven belongs to Me” (Job 41:11).
 5. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world,
    and all who live in it” (Ps. 24:1; I Cor.10:26).
 6. Why has capitalism developed a tarnished or a dirty
    image? Because it is often been exploitive rather than
    benevolent. God has invested in us for our good and His
    glory. We are to bring glory and honor to God by
    taking the investments that He has put in us and invest
    them for His glory. The Bible teaches compassionate
    capitalism – so the church must demonstrate
    compassionate capitalism.
Introduction
 7. Therefore, as the ultimate owner of all of the earth’s wealth,
    God invests portions of His wealth in us. Because of His
    love and grace, He makes a specific deposit in each of us
    in order to make a profit for His honor and glory.       
 8. We then bring Him honor and glory when we use His
    deposit in us to accomplish those “good works” He created
    us for before the creation of the world (Eph. 2:10).
 9. In this particular parable, we find Jesus telling a story
    that demonstrates God’s benevolent investment in the
    lives of some of His servants like you and me.
1. The Perspective of the People
A. “While He was listening to this, He went on to tell
   them a parable, because He was near Jerusalem
   and the people thought that the kingdom of God
   was going to appear at once.”
  Luke 19:11
2. The Parable of Political Significance

A. “He said: ‘A man of noble birth went to a distant
   country to have himself appointed king and then to
   return.”
  Luke 19:12
3. The Possessions of the Master
A. “So he called ten of his servants and gave them
   ten minas.”
  Luke 19:13
4. The Partnership of the Servants
A. “Put this money to work,” he said, “until I come
   back.”; “Occupy till I return” (KJV) ; “Do business
   with this until I come back” (NASV)
  Luke 19:13
5. The Prejudice of the Subjects
A. “But His subjects hated him and sent a delegation
   after Him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be
   our king.’”
  Luke 19:14
6. The Power of the Nobleman
A. “He was made king, however, and returned home.”
  Luke 19:15
7. The Purpose of the Accounting
A. “Then he sent for the servants to whom he had
   given the money in order to find out what they
   had gained with it.”
  Luke 19:15
8. The Profit of the Investment
A. “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has
   earned ten more.’”
  Luke 19:15
9. The Pleasure of the Investor
A. “Well done my good servant!”
  Luke 19:17
    10. The Promotion of the Faithful
               Servants
A. “Because you have been trustworthy in a very
   small matter, take charge of ten cities.” The second
   came and said, ‘Sir your mina has earned five
   more.” His master answered ‘You take charge of
   five cities.’”
  Luke 19:17-19
   11. The Procrastination of the Lazy
                Servant
A. “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is
   your mina: I have kept it laid away in a piece of
   cloth.”
  Luke 19:20
12. The Problem of Wrong Thinking

A. “I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man.
   You take out what you did not put in a reap what
   you did not sow.”
  Luke 19:21
13. The Penalty of Wrong Speaking

A. “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own
   words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you,
   that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put
   in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then
   didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I
   came back, I could have collected it with interest?’”
  Luke 19:22
14. The Price of Lost Opportunity
A. “Then He said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina
   away from him and give it to the one who has ten
   minas.’”
  Luke 19:24
15. The Protest of the Unenlightened

A. “Sir,” they said, ‘he already has ten.”
  Luke 19:25
16. The Principal of Paradox
A. “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has,
   more will be given, but as for the one who has
   nothing, even what he as will be taken away.’”
  Luke 19:26
17. The Punishment of the Enemies
A. “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to
   be king over them – bring them here and kill them
   in front of me.”
  Luke 19:27
Conclusion
1.   God is a generous “Benevolent Investment Capitalist.” Because of
     His love, mercy and grace, He liberally invests His possessions in
     each of our lives.
2.   He entrusts and invests in each of us
     life…time…talents…salvation…spiritual gifts…opportunities.
3.    As a result, He expects us to “redeem the time”… “Buy up every
     opportunity”… “Occupy until He comes”… “Do business until
     He returns.”
4.    He expects us to take what He has invested in us – and use it to
     create all of the spiritual and financial profit we can for His
     Kingdom and glory.
5.   Because of His grace, He gives each of us “equal opportunity to be
     faithful…to be involved…to invest…to multiply His investment in us.
Conclusion
6. If He has given you an entrepreneurial spirit…business
   acumen…the ability to make money…create wealth –
   than He wants you to be His “missionary in the
   marketplace!”
7.  He wants you to b a wise capitalist, and leverage
   your opportunities and finances for His Kingdom and
   glory.
8.  One day we will each face Him personally to give an
   account – either through our own death, or at His
   Second Coming.
9.  What will you hear from His lips at that time? I trust
   that it will be “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

				
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