How do you live out the rest of your life and make sure that you finish well?
There are 100 people in the Bible that we have a lot of information on. Only 1/3 of them finished well.
- Jesus finished well.
- Paul finished well.
- 2/3 of them did not.
Most people fall off in the second part of their life when they have accumulated something.
Take King Solomon for example.
He started out well but he became disobedient.
In Deuteronomy 17:14-20, God gives specific instructions to the king. Solomon broke every single one of them.
1. Don’t multiply horses for yourself or return to Egypt to multiply horses.
Guess what he did?
2. Don’t multiply wives for yourself or else your heart will turn away.
Guess what he did?
3. Don’t greatly increase silver and gold for yourself.
Avoding a MESS
My preacher taught last week about avoiding a MESS.
Most MESS’s happen to people who are accomplished and have made it in life.
If you think back to all of the falls from grace, from the Bible to the present day, whether it is a politician, a church leader, or a well-known business person, most falls involve a MESS.
M = Money
E = Ego
S =S exual Sin
S = Substance abuse
For us to finish well, we need to avoid the 4 different MESSs.
For this discussion, let’s stick to the money part.
1 Timothy 6:10 says that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have STRAYED FROM THE FAITH.“
For us to finish well, we must keep money in its rightful place.
Now the problem with priorities, is that they hit you simultaneously. Priorities are all competing at the same time for your attention.
You can be super focused on a work project that is a priority. Then you get a call that your son has gotten in a car wreck.
In that instance, your priorities change.
When money moves too high on the priority list, it causes all kinds of bad decisions.
Matthew 6:24 says, “you cannot serve God and money.“
1 Timothy 6:17 says, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God.“
Finishing Well in Retirement
To finish well we must realize that our hope is not in wealth but in God. We must realize that everything belongs to God including our wealth.
1 Corinthians 10:26 says, “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” So that means the wealth that we have really isn’t ours. It belongs to God.
- Are you using your wealth, your time, and your talents for good noble purposes?
- Or are you just endlessly accumulating?
For us to finish well, we need to realize this. Endless accumulating for no other purpose but to fill your accounts can lead to not finishing well.
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