GOD’S LEDGER OF LIFE

INTRODUCTION

Most of us are familiar with the principle of bookkeeping

  • We have assets and liabilities.
  • When liabilities outweigh assets, we have a problem.
  • Assets and liabilities have a much wider application today

People in a company, or in religion, may be an asset, or a liability.

  • Too many liabilities make it impossible for either to succeed.
  • Daniel 5:27… Belchazzar was a liability
  • Matthew 12:30… the Pharisees were a liability

In similar fashion, there are many in the Lord’s church today who are liabilities to the cause of Christ.

  • Many are hurting or hindering the church
  • It is assets, NOT liabilities that will cause the Lord’s church to flourish

Let us consider the question: Which am I, a liability or an asset to the church? 

DISCUSSION

ARE WE ZEALOUS WORKERS FOR THE LORD OR LUKEWARM CHURCH MEMBERS? 

Asset: Zealous Worker

  • We are an asset to the church if we are willing workers in the kingdom.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:2

We are an asset to the Lord’s church through our zeal for good works for several reasons:

  • We provoke or encourage others to do the sameHebrews 10:24  
  • The Lord’s work is accomplished

 

Notice these biblical examples of zealous workers:

  • Nehemiah 4:21  
  • This occurred because “the people had a mind to work” (Neh. 4:6)
  • Isaiah 62:1 

Liability: Lukewarm Church Member

  • We are a horrible liability to the Lord’s cause if we are lukewarm or halfhearted about the Lord’s work.
  • Notice what the Lord says about lukewarmness… Revelation 3:16  

When we halfheartedly go about doing the work of the Lord we are a liability to the church because:

  • We discourage others
  • We are showing our children the Lord is not all that important
  • The Lord’s work is not accomplished   

 

ARE YOU A LIBERAL GIVER OR ARE YOU COVETOUS? 

Asset: Liberal Giver

  • Romans 12:1
  • The Lord says to “freely give” because you have been given so much (Mt. 10:8).
  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-12

We are an asset when we give liberally because:

  • We have proven that we have given ourselves wholly unto the Lord
  • We help the Lord’s work
  • We show concern for the Lord’s work 

Liability: Covetousness

  • Ephesians 5:5
  • Hebrews 13:5 

We are a liability to the Lord’s cause when we are covetous because:

  • We are robbing God (Mal. 3:8)
  • We are putting what the world has to offer above what God has to offer
  • Our heart is not right before the LorD

 

ARE YOU FAITHFUL OR ARE YOU A FORSAKER?

Asset: Faithful

  • Matthew 25:21
  • Luke 16:10
  • 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • Revelation 2:10

We are an asset to the church if we are faithful because:

  • We will not allow things to go undone
  • We will believe, do and teach that which is in accordance with God’s will
  • We will help the church to grow

Liability: Forsaker

  • Hebrews 10:25
  • 2 Corinthians 4:10

We are a liability to the church if we are a forsaker because:

  • We fail to exhort one another
  • We fail to manifest Jesus in our lives
  • We tear down the church   

 

ARE YOU STUDIOUS OR IGNORANT OF GOD’S WORD? 

Asset: Studious

  • 2 Timothy 2:15
  • 2 Timothy 3:14
  • 1 Timothy 4:13

We are assets to the Lord’s church when we are studious because:

  • We know truth from error
  • We understand what we are to do to be pleasing unto to God
  • God’s word will work in us

Liability: Ignorance

  • 2 Peter 3:5
  • Romans 10:3

We are a liability to the church when we are ignorant of God’s word because:

  • We fail to understand the very basics of Christianity
  • We will be swept into error
  • We will do thing our own way and not the Lord’s
  • We will weaken the church

 

ARE WE AN EXAMPLE OR A REPROACH TO THE CHURCH?

Asset: Example

  • 1 Timothy 4:12
  • Matthew 5:16 

We are an asset to the church if we are a good example because:

  • We encourage others to faithfulness
  • We teach
  • We can win lost souls to Christ

Liability: Reproach

  • Proverbs 14:34
  • When we are a reproach to the church men will “blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called” (Jam. 2:7)

We are a liability to the church if we are reproach because:

  • We lower moral standards in the church and community
  • We set a bad example
  • We cause men to look down on the Lord’s church

 

CONCLUSION

Are you an asset or a liability to the church here?

  • Do you come with a solution or are you part of the problem?
  • Are you oil or sand in the machinery?
  • Are you a green light or a red light?

God keeps the books

  • He makes no mistakes
  • Some day He will demand a reckoning
  • A balance of the books

Will you be one who is found on the right side of the ledger?

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About from the Preachers PC

Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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