In the lesson for this week (Luke 12:32-40) we have encountered several things to examine in our lives. Jesus wants us to look at how we use our resources and what role they play in our relationship with God and others. He tells us that what we use our gifts on determines what is important to us, and warns that too much emphasis on material possessions and how we obtain them can hinder our connection with our Heavenly Father.
An important verse from this scripture says “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32). How wonderful a promise is this? God stands ready to give us the kingdom if we would only seek it! When we let earthly things distract us they lead us away from our heavenly inheritance.
Another verse that gives us insight into God’s promise tells us “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.” (Luke 12:37). For some of us, this sounds much like Jesus caring for the disciples at the Last Supper. However, Jesus tells us here that God will be ready and waiting to serve those who are found to be ready and waiting for Him.
Are we ready and waiting? We know the call God makes on our lives – to love Him and our neighbors, and to make disciples of all the world. Those who obey His call and wait actively for the coming of His kingdom have been promised a place at His table. Don’t ignore the invitation God has sent you!
Gracious God, we are often led astray by the lure of worldly things. Help us to focus on the eternal importance of a connection to You and serving each other in Your name until Your kingdom comes on earth. Amen.