8/5/19

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”
Luke 12:32-33

Jesus continues His lesson about the difference between what we have here and what we are already promised in Heaven. He teaches that the earthly things we strive so hard for are nothing compared to the treasure that awaits us. We must look ahead to the coming of the kingdom and be ready, not being distracted by possessions here.

The difference is that what we have now can be stolen or wear out because earthly things are temporary. We are called to put our faith in eternal things that cannot be taken away because they are gifts from God. Jesus tells us “your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” This isn’t a trick or a simple motivational statement, it is a promise from God that He will care for us.

Today, think about how hard you work for everyday things and temporary benefits. Now consider how much more God’s gifts are worth. We can’t earn them by working, they are already ours. We show our love for God and His blessings by sharing the Good News with everyone.

Loving Lord, we are often led astray by the mindset that we must have things, that our worth is determined by what we own or control. Help us to see that Your gifts are the most important and we need only be faithful to receive them. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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