Thursday, June 23, 2016

Luke 12:32-34

Luke 12:32-34
“Do not fear, little flock, because your Father took pleasure in giving the kingdom to you.  Sell the things you possess and give donations to the poor.  Make moneybags for yourselves that do not grow old – unfailing treasure in heaven – where a thief does not draw near nor a moth destroy.  For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

Let’s start at the end.  Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.  In other words, Jesus is telling us that human beings are results oriented people.  Before we do anything, we figure out what we want.  Once we figure out what we want, we sell ourselves out for that.  Some people want big bank accounts.  They do what it takes to get it.  Other people what material possessions that demonstrate their success in the eyes of others.  They do what it takes to get it.  Other people want tons of education.  They do what it takes to get it.  Other people want lots of free time for relaxation.  They do what it takes to get it.  Want to figure out why you do the things you do?  Figure out the outcome you are pursuing and you’ll figure out why you are behaving the way you are.

What drives your life?  Where is your treasure?  What is your treasure?

Second Thought:

Not that we are talking about treasure, Jesus tells us to store up our treasure in heaven.  Nobody can touch the treasure that we have in heaven.  Nobody can touch the joy we have in our Father and His joy in us.  Nobody can touch our eternal life.  Everything we pursue here on this earth – material goods, popularity, intellect, free time – will eventually ass away, end, or no longer satisfy.  But our eternal treasure is simply that: eternal.

What treasure do you have that is eternal?  What does it look like for you to store up your treasure in heaven?

Third Thought:

Notice that Jesus tells us that God was pleased to give us the kingdom.  He wanted to do it.  He didn’t do it begrudgingly.  He wasn’t coerced.  He didn’t do it out of guilt or pity.  He gave us the kingdom because it was joyful to do so!  He wants to be in relationship with us.

How has God given the kingdom to you?  Where in your life do you feel the presence of the kingdom of heaven?


Passage for Tomorrow: Luke 12:32-34
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