Making the Deal
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:22-32
Key Verse: Luke 12:33-34
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
To truly “make the deal” with God, we must understand the truth concerning our material possessions. Our money and our “stuff” are very important to us, especially in America. The Bible teaches a far different path than our modern society would normally want. Before we decide to take Jesus into our lives and live for Him, we must consider the cost involved. Let’s look at our options.
First, Jesus is teaching in our scripture for today, to seek God’s Kingdom as our priority. Loving God, and loving and caring for people, is all part of Kingdom living. Thinking of others before ourselves, being peace makers and sharing our resources generously, are all part of being a Kingdom person. Are these values at the top of your list for each day’s goals?
Second, don’t hoard the resources that we’ve obtained in this world. Share with those that are under-resourced. In fact, Jesus said that we should sell our possessions if needed to be able to share with others. If we have depleted our cash flow with selfish purchases, we may need to sell some of our stuff to invest in eternal treasures.
Third, look ahead. Visualize a “purse” in heaven with your name on it! Fill the purse now. Every donation and generous deed to a hurting person fills it up more and more!
Father, I need your reminders to not get caught up in the ‘me’ generation. I need your wisdom to be a biblical steward of the resources you have entrusted me with. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, amen.