Scripture: Luke 12: (Jesus said) 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Observation: The beginning of Luke chapter 12 tells us that Jesus is speaking to a crowd of thousands. Though all are invited to join Jesus in seeking the Kingdom of God, very few actually take him up on this. Why not? Among other reasons, following after Jesus meant leaving behind whatever material security they had and trusting God the Father to provide for them along the journey. Even for those with little material possessions, that kind of trust was hard. So hard, in fact, that few actually did it.
Application: I’m particularly struck by the last verse, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” How we spend our money says a lot about what we truly value. Same thing can be said for our time. You can tell a lot about someone by looking at their calendar. This challenges me this morning. Does my allocation of time and money reflect my values? For me, the answer is “mostly yes”, but not completely. If I’m honest, I have some work to do in this area.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, It’s such a simple command. Seek first the Kingdom of God. But like many things in the Kingdom, “simple” doesn’t mean “easy”. Give us grace to place our trust in you. Align our time and money so that someone looking at either would be able to discern our love for you without ever having met us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.