Archive for July 27th, 2010

Luke 12

Luke 12 gives us a picture of Jesus ministry.  It has moved way past quiet and unnoticed.  Scripture says “thousands of people had gathered”.  Remember that there was no TV or radio when Jesus was on earth – just good old word of mouth.  Yet He drew a crowd that wanted to hear the truth.  Some things never change.  Today so many of us are still seeking His truth.  He warns of the Pharisees and the way they tried to hide things with these words: “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known”.  God knows what we do.  There are no secrets my friends.  He sees all, hears all, knows all.  We cannot do anything that is not going to be known.  In fact, Jesus reminds us that God knows us intimately – down to the reality that “even the hairs of your head are all numbered”.  And we think we know ourselves well – nowhere close to what the Master knows about us.  We need to remember that God is the One who determines our future and “has the authority to cast into hell”.  Sometimes we lose sight of that side of the equation focusing on a loving God who just wants us to be with Him in heaven.  That is true – it is His desire that none of us should perish but have eternal life – but the reality is that not all will receive His gift of grace of salvation through Jesus.  In fact Jesus makes it clear when He says “everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God”.   It is about that relationship – what we do with the Son of God and His death on the Cross.  Will we accept Him as Savior and Lord, or go it alone.  The outcome is not so good if we try and make it on our own.

Jesus utters some words that could certainly fit our generation today.  So many think that he who has the most toys wins.  But Jesus says it this way: “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”.  Did you catch that?  It is not how much stuff we can accumulate that matters.  In fact, the opposite is the case.  “The one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God”.  Stuff gets in the way of our relationship with the Father.  It doesn’t make it easier or better – it messes with us.  Why?  Because “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.  Stuff takes our eye off the ball.  It causes us to lose focus and forget what we are about.  God wants us committed and focused on walking with Him.  He will take care of our needs.  In fact, Jesus says this about worry: “which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life”?  What is the answer?  None of us has control over anything, and certainly not our life.  So worry is a waste of time.  We need to accept the fact that God alone is in control and He can and will take care of us.  Right?  Jesus says it this way: “do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried…. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you”.  It all comes down to where we put our trust and our focus.  If God is in control – then we should be placing our bets on Him.  We should entrust Him with our life and the details of it.  Do you live that way?  Like God is truly the One who meets your every need? Or are you still trying to pretend you are in control and can handle things on your own.  You can’t.  God does have expectations for us.  Jesus says “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more”.  Life is not a game.  It matters a whole lot in very many ways.  Are you living as a Christ Follower?  Is He the center of your life?  God expects it!

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