How We Cheapen Our Lives

George_c_scott_as_scroogeDate written: 30 October 2015

SUBJECT: Sin vs. Spirituality

TITLE: How We Cheapen Our Lives

PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will discuss how we cheapen our lives through short-term interests by greed, gluttony, lust, and pride.

OBJECTIVE: Each listener should understand that he/she is worth much more than this world has to offer.

INTRODUCTION:

1. Billionaire Story.

1) I don’t know that anyone would do this.

2) But we do this in other ways.

3) Think about the selling of alcohol.

4) We justify the deaths of others for money.

2. Read: Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

3. About the Text:

1) The Bible teaches that human life is infinitely valuable.

2) Nothing physical is worth someone who is created in God’s image.

3) Every single human person is invaluable.

4) Consider what Jesus said in Matthew 16:26 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

5) Moreover, God has paid the price of Christ’s blood for the redemption of everyone.

6) “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

7) It should be obvious that every single person is worth something infinitely valuable.

8) But we cheapen ourselves by selling out to short-term carnal interests.

9) Let’s discuss how we do that.

4. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: We cheapen our lives through . . .

I.   Greed

1. How many lives are wasted in the pursuit of money and possessions?

1) Some evil people in this world take no thought of destroying others for money.

2) Take the alcohol issue that is before us on Tuesday.

a. 2004-2014: 43 people in Bowie county died in alcohol related auto accidents.

b. Each one of those lives was worth more than all the money gained.

c. Yet our greed says they are worth only the product that killed them.

d. Is it worth it?

2. Listen to what the Bible says about greed . . .

1) Proverbs 1:19 – “So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.”

2) 1 Timothy 6:9-10 – “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

3. Matthew 16:26 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

II.  Gluttony

1. What is gluttony?

1) It isn’t just overeating, though, that is one form of it.

2) Gluttony is trying to make ourselves feel good by consumption of one thing or another.

3) This could be food, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, television, the Internet, video games, etc.

2. Why are people gluttonous?

1) We glut on things to make ourselves feel good.

2) So why do we need to feel good?

3) We want to feel good because we feel bad about ourselves spiritually.

4) We have devalued ourselves with earthly things.

5) We do that because we don’t appreciate our own self-worth.

6) So we turn to gluttony of some kind.

7) Gluttony does not help us feel better about ourselves, though.

3. What does the Bible say about gluttony?

1) Proverbs 23:19-21 – “Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way. Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.”

2) Read Proverbs 23:29-25.

4. Matthew 16:26 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

III. Lust

1. What is Lust?

1) Sometimes it means simply desire.

2) Most of the time, it is the pursuit of bodily pleasure through sexual stimulation.

3) Lust includes pornography, looking desirously at the opposite sex, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and many other sexual sins.

2. Why do we lust?

1) Lust is also a way that we make ourselves feel good because we feel bad.

2) Along with greed and gluttony, it is a confusion of what will truly make us feel good.

3) We need to feel good because we are spiritual people.

4) Carnal pleasures will only satisfy temporarily.

5) Lust devalues the person that we are lusting after by saying that they are only good for one thing: to make us feel good.

6) It devalues us when we identify with our lust.

3. What does the Bible say about lust?

1) Matthew 5:28 – “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

2) Read 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

4. Matthew 16:26 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

IV.  Pride

1. What is pride?

1) Pride is a confusion of identity.

2) It is thinking that we are something that we are not.

3) It is placing our identity in something of this world other than Christ.

4) Pride is valuing something so highly that we are willing to be identified with it.

2. Why do we have pride?

1) As humans we need to know who we are: our identity.

2) We want to make something of ourselves, or so we tell ourselves.

3) Ambition pushes us to be something valuable to others.

4) So we identify with something in this world that people value.

5) That will never satisfy because we are spiritual in nature.

6) Nothing in this world will serve as our true identity.

7) Consequently, our true value will not be realized and we will hate ourselves for it.

3. What does the Bible say about pride?

1) Proverbs 16:18 – “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”

2) 1 John 2:15-17 – “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

4. Matthew 16:26 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

CONCLUSION:

1. We don’t have to participate in the world’s lies about the value of human life.

1) I voted against the ordinance to legalize alcohol so that I would not be complicit.

2) I would vote against any ordinance that cheapened a person’s life.

3) Neither do I want to be complicit in any activity that devalues human life.

4) God will judge whether or not we, as individuals, took a stand for what was right or allowed evil to prevail.

2. How do we cheapen our lives.

1) Greed

2) Gluttony

3) Lust

4) Pride

3. Jesus gives us our true identity.

1) He is the second Adam

2) Galatians 2:20

3) Identify with Him today!

4. Invitation