Hardest Subject to Talk About In Church Today – Francis Chan

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The Bible has a lot to say about money, wealth, greed, contentment and a variety of other topics as they pertain to our financial and spiritual lives.

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you know sometimes we'll look at another place and walk away that's weird that they live that way no it's weird that we live this way we're the weird ones you know you guys some of you probably go oh it's weird our pastors Chinese no it's weird that you're not you know sometimes it's like we get into this world where we just think and you guys are you know it's it's we get in this world where we just think gosh you know the way they live is so strange no the way we live is so strange the $2 $2 a day over half of the world here's $2 $2 I'll show you something look at you did you see that they just kind of go I'll let that one dollar bill touch me suppose it back there's probably a couple more on the ground from the last two services it's just no one's reaching for it you know I'm gay I guarantee you no one's gonna leave here today and call their friends go no way Francis threw out two dollars but do you understand that the majority the majority of the world would look at what I just did and think that is crazy most people would go I can't believe he just did that and no one even reached for it fifty three out of a hundred live onto that per day now maybe if I threw out two $100 bills maybe someone might have reached out of hand because that's more like a day's wage for us right you know two hundred dollars a day you know you make about four grand a month that that's about a day's wage now isn't that weird I mean how does that hit you to think that you make 100 times 100 100 times the amount of what the average person on this planet makes that over half of the people you make a hundred times what they make if you make four grand a month I don't know if that's weird or it's weirder that you don't think you're rich you know how everyone else in the world would look at this they would just go no way do you know how strange it is to the rest we'll imagine if you're one of those 53 out of the hundred and you look at some people that are making a hundred times what you make and you hear them complain about money you guys have you ever stopped to think how the rest of the world looks at us we are so weird we are so filthy filthy filthy rich and yet most of you would say that you're not and I'm hoping to change that today I'm hoping you can walk out this room like I do and go man I am just loaded I am just absolutely rich beyond imagination you know because that's the way the rest of the world looks at me and we've got accepted we're rich that's my point you don't like to think of yourself as rich but you are so rich and yet some of you would call yourself broke and the rest of the world just look at you and go man what an idiot you're stressed out about money you're stressed out about 30 years from now point is you're rich I'm rich and that puts us at a very serious disadvantage spiritually what the Bible says what Jesus says is you you're rich and that's a huge disadvantage for you Jesus says it is so hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God so we thought riches were this great advantage of Hall is so cool cuz look at all I have all those poor people over there and she goes ooh you're at such a disadvantage because you're rich it is so hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven now how hard it is many people have said you know friends you're always talking about the poor over there and caring for them don't you care about the people that are spiritually poor and I go yeah that that's why I'm in Simi Valley not only we're the richest people in the world but you talk about security let's let's live in the safest city in the world – who do you think it's hard how do you think on this planet I think the toughest people to reach are right here in this room the richest safest secure people on this planet Jesus says in Luke chapter 18 where he says it's hard you guys we in this room we're at a serious disadvantage Luke chapter 18 he talks to a person who has wealth talks to one of us Luke 18 verse 18 a certain ruler asked him good teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life okay so there's this rich man who wanted to go to heaven right that's us that's why you're in this room right you're a rich person that wants to go to heaven that's what we have in this room that's what we have in the satellite room the satellite room we have rich people want to go to heaven and they're always late for church kidding you guys I know some of you guys go in there to make room here and thank you for that the rest of you you're just late Luke 18 here's here's a rich young ruler comes to God and it comes to use good teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life verse 19 why do you call me good jesus answered no one's good except God alone you know the commandments don't come in adultery don't murder don't steal don't give false testimony honor your father and mother verse 21 all these I've kept since I was a boy when Jesus heard this he said to him you still lack one thing sell everything you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven then come follow me when he heard this he became very sad because he was a man of great wealth Jesus looked at him and said how hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God indeed it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for rich men into the kingdom of God those who heard this ass who then can be saved and jesus replied what's impossible with men is impossible with God God tells us rich man just just sell everything you have give to the poor and the guys like and he just went away sad he couldn't do it Jesus goes off it's so hard it's so hard when you're rich enter the kingdom of heaven because you actually think your riches are worth something like I don't know if I could give them up because you just get so clouded it's so hard because it'd be easy for me to to cram a camel into the eye of a needle that is to get a rich man into the kingdom of God I mean I've been studying this passage for 20 years I mean I've read this backwards for I've heard so many sermons on it explaining every piece of this or that after 20 years of studying I'm just gonna you know what I know what this means now I finally figured out what Jesus was trying to say when he says it's hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God you see what Jesus was really trying to say was that it's hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God I I I'm convinced of that you see we sometimes we we we dissect the passage so much that we're just blinded to what it's obviously saying he's just looking the rich guy con man it's so hard do you understand this is this is one of the hardest places in the world to tell people about Jesus for them to get it because we're so rich it's so comfortable and he says it's impossible because you know what it's impossible it's impossible for the rich to get into heaven that's how hard it is he goes but with God it is possible it's impossible from a human level but it can happen it can't happen that's why I'm here I go you know what it's not gonna be easy it's not going to be probable but by the power of God some of you could go to heaven you see because he if you keep reading you know then the disciples go well we left everything verse 29 first verse 28 we left all we had to follow you and Jesus says I tell you the truth no one who's left his home wife brothers sisters parents children for the sake of the kingdom will fail to receive many times as much in this age and in the age to come you keep reading Jesus predicts his death and he he gives a blind beggar his sight and then in chapter 19 what happens he look at the story very important chapter 19 verse 1 Jesus entered Jericho and he's passing through and a man was there by the name of Zacchaeus he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy he wanted to see who Jesus was at being a short man he couldn't because of the crowd so he ran ahead climbed up a sycamore fig tree to see him since Jesus was coming that way remember the story and then when Jesus reached a spot he looked up and said to him Zacchaeus come down immediately I must stay at your house today so he came down at once welcomes him gladly and all the people saw this and began to mutter he's gone to be the guest of a sinner but Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord look Lord here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor and if I've cheated anybody out of anything I will pay back four times the amendment jesus said to him today salvation has come to this house so here's a wealthy man and what happened that day salvation what happened that day the impossible a rich man jumped out of a tree and said here take my money here half goes to the poor and the rest of it who did I ripoff here four times whatever I ripped y'all I don't care about money anymore Jesus just invited me in Jesus wants to dine with me it look Lord you know what I don't care because I found this treasure now so all my other stuff it doesn't matter I gave it all away in Jesus okay he got it see I told you the rich can enter the game of heaven it's it's near impossible but with God all things are possible and it happened salvation has come to this house see the kingdom of heaven is not like the rich young ruler who said man I got my wealth he's telling me to give it to the poor I don't know man he went away sad the kingdom of heaven is about a little man who jumps out of a tree goes man I don't care about my stuff what did the kingdom of heaven like the kingdom of heaven is like a man who finds a treasure in a field right and he sees this treasure it's so great that he covers it back up and he goes man let me just get rid of everything else I have because I want that field so badly he doesn't have to sit there and think about I go man I don't know it was worth it it says with great joy you found you get it you see that the treasure is that great that I don't even have to think this isn't compare this isn't a let me weigh it out what's more valuable with great joy let me just sell everything I have and get this filled with great joy I I don't do you ever picture Zacchaeus slowly climbing down the tree gone all right I guess I'll give some to the poor I feel kind of guilty about it anyways or if I ripped you off I'll pay you back if that you just picked this little Dane DeVito guy going oh you know just jump in and here's all my money you know here you go and in any one I ripped up if I don't care cuz I've got God it's like this treasure that was so great see but that's so rare you see because money does weird things to people it just does I've heard people say that many times have you heard that here a statement we use that statement man wait money does weird things to people one statement I have yet to hear in my lifetime money has done weird things to me it's always someone else huh as money has done weird things to us mine has done very weird things to us except it say Jesus says is that the thing with money is it gives you this this false sense of security you start feeling safer the more you have rather than finding your security God the more you have the less you're inclined to believe that you're needy Jesus wrote these seven letters to the churches in the book of Revelation he writes in these seven churches and one of them was a pretty wealthy one and when I read the letter I just go wow that's America this is a letter to the church in America it freaks me out how similar it is I you know exactly what I'm talking about the Church in Laodicea in Revelation chapter 3 verse 14 it's crazy when you read this you go man that's so us and that's scary because it's not a nice letter he says in Revelation 3 verse 14 he says to the angel of the Church in Laodicea write these are the words of the Amen the faithful and true witness the ruler of God's creation verse 15 I know your deeds that you are neither cold nor hot I wish you're either one or the other so because you are lukewarm neither hot nor cold I'm about to spit you out of my mouth I'm not again I'm not going to go deep into the geography and tell you about the history of this and that because I think sometimes we missed the point of passage by getting too into the details and that's especially true in this passage it's simple Jesus says to this church you're not hot you're not cold you're just kind of lukewarm just kind of casual about me I feel like just spitting out of my mouth you make me gag it's not like a hot cup of coffee it's not like a iced mocha you're just like this lukewarm coffee I sip it by accident just ah that's disgusting because that's what I think of your church because you're not fired up about me you're not on fire you're lukewarm and a lot of it is because they're rich if you see it in the next verse verse 17 he says you say I'm rich I've acquired wealth I don't need a thing something guys I don't need a crutch I'm doing fine he goes but you don't realize that you're wretched pitiful poor blind naked I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire so you can become rich and white clothes to wear so you can cover your shameful nakedness and south to put on your eyes so you can see see this church they were kind of laid-back about God because they didn't feel like well like I'm depending on God God give me this day my daily bread that's not us it's the last time you're like oh God give me something to eat today no it's like I don't really need God for my food I really need God for my home I don't really need God to give me money for the rest because I've got my whole retirement set up and I've got my leave for my kids so they don't have to depend on God none of us really need to depend on him for daily necessities he goes it creates this sense of security – suddenly you feel like you're not a needy person because no one on the right mind would look at you and say wow you're needy those people in Simi Valley they're so needy God says they don't get it they really are the needy ones they're actually ones that in my eyes are wretched pitiful poor blind niggas disgusting because of their view of me because they're not on fire be on fire for God right now you