Overcoming the Fear of Lack

Here’s my outline for sermon number two in our “High Definition Generosity” series. I’d love to dialogue on any comments you have. Or feel free to ask a question if you have one.

Lessons from a Fearful Servant. Matthew 25:14-30

• Fear paralyzed the servant.

• Fear put the servant in self-preservation mode.

• Fear caused the servant to lose perspective.

• Fear made the servant miss out.

Insights to free yourself from the fear of giving

1. It’s all God’s anyway – you’re a manager. Psalm 24:1; Deuteronomy 8:18

2. The law of the harvest applies to your finances. 2 Corinthians 9:6

3. Financial giving aligns your life with God’s agenda. Matthew 6:19-21

4. Trust God to provide for your needs. Matthew 6:33

3 Comments so far

  1. Chuck Ulrich on February 19th, 2007

    WE ARE GOD’S FED-EX GUYS…what a great analogy! Kinda puts our ‘possessions’ (money and others things) in perspective. Great sermon!

  2. Bob Pippin on February 21st, 2007

    Greg, You did two things in this sermon that made me stop and listen.

    First, your FedEx analogy was spot-on. I suspect this came through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Keep following His lead.

    Second, You caused me to get outside of myself, and take an eternal view of things….. A Gods-eye-view of things. And this is what I saw…..

    In this world everthing is rusting and biodegrading. People are only around for a short period of time. Why do we bother to spend so much of our time hording things that will perish (if not during our life time certainly shortly there after) and ignoring our eternal well being?

    In the whole expanse of eternity, each of us spend a meer moment, alive here on earth. In that moment, our own moment, we often see the world as spinning around us individually… We are the center. But from God’s perspective He sees things as they are. I’m sure he would ask us, “Why do you hord? Why do you rent places to store things you cannot begin to use?”

    There are more important things to do in your moment…. Love one another; Share the gifts given by God; Seek His face; Follow His plan. Do this and He will welcome each of us, into eternity.

    With all that said, I’ve still got to tell you….It is hard.

    I’m reminded of a story you told years ago about a man whowas climbing a mountain and suddenly fell into a deep and very dark cravase. His fall was abruptly stopped when he reached the end of the safety rope he was tied to. He was knocked unconscience but awoke in the pitch black dark abyss. Completely disoriented and dangling, litterally at the end of his rope all he could think to do was pray. “God…. Please help me” he said. God spoke to him…..”Cut the rope”. “Cut the rope? Are you kidding me?” said the climber.

    To make a long story short, the man could not bring himself to cut the rope….Could not bring himself to trust God. Days later the climber was found….dead… hanging four feet from the bottom of the revine.

    Cutting the rope is hard. Overcoming the fear of lack…is hard. Truely surrendering to God… It is hard.

    Greg, Thank you for teaching me.

  3. Greg Pittman on February 22nd, 2007

    Wish I could take credit for the “Fed-Ex Guy” illustration, but I heard Randy Alcorn share it at a conference last September.

    I think you’re right on with the problem, Bob. Too many of us are living for the “here and now” instead of eternity. Maybe we need to take Jesus more serious when he says “Stockpile treasure in heaven…”(Matthew 6:20 MSG). Unfortunately, I think there are going to be a lot of Christians who get to heaven and are disappointed with what they “sent ahead.” Instead of just amassing more and more stuff, that will eventually end up in some landfill, let’s ask ourselves, “What can I do with my(God’s) money and possessions that will truly make a difference in eternity?”

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