Thursday, December 18, 2008

Heavenly Treasure (Luke 12:22-32)

I wonder what the Rich Fool would have stored up in the barn had he been a woman? Or, what is it that you are working hard to acquire now so that your life will be easy later, your future secure? A larger house? A new washing machine? A second car? A better education? I would really like a few more solar panels. Then life would be easy…

But as the parable shows, earthly possessions cannot give us security. Storing them up is really just another form of greed. I was really challenged by this; and thankful that Jesus goes on to explain how we can be on our guard against this form of greed, the greed that finds security in possessions.

It’s about trusting our Heavenly Father. Our heavenly Father knows what we need and cares about us, so he will provide us with what we need. Trust him and do not worry. Our heavenly Father holds our lives and our days in his hands. Our future is secure in his hands. No matter what happens to us here in this life, our future is secure in heaven. Life is more than what we can see and touch here. Trust Him and do not be afraid.

It’s about rejoicing in our Heavenly Treasure. Earthly treasure, while fleetingly pleasurable, will not last. It’s heavenly treasure that lasts, and this is what we need to set our hearts upon, to seek and have in abundance. But what is this intangible treasure? Stored up and waiting in heaven for us is the inheritance we receive because God has adopted us as his children. There’s a heavenly dwelling being prepared for us. There’s the crown of life, the crown of righteousness, and even the crown that is the very people whom we have served in the gospel.

Then there is the treasure that while of heaven can be ours now. There is the treasure of belonging to the Kingdom of God and the treasure of the gospel by which we enter that kingdom. Above all, our heavenly treasure is God himself;
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26

Here are some other reflections on this part of Luke: God isn't Grateful, lesson from shoes, (from a parallel passage in Matthew), big job losses in cbd, baked beans and a dirty loo

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Lucy said...

Great post - I read this section yesterday and found it really encouraging. I need to learn to be less anxious about God's provision for us. The links at the end of the post were great too, thanks :)

Rachael said...

I'm pleased you found it encouraging!