Written by Jeff Leake
In twelfth chapter of Luke, Jesus makes several observations about life that seem to be inside-out and upside-down to the value system of rest of the world.
#1 – ‘Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’ (Luke 12:15b)
This statement comes in the midst of a story about a rich fool, who accumulated barns packed full of grain and then died at an early age. The morale of the story is distribution is more important in life than accumulation. It’s not about what I have, its about what I give away.
So anytime we are measuring our life based on the amount we possess, we are measuring based upon a foolish standard.
#2 – ‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.’ (Luke 12:31)
When we seek the Kingdom of God, this is far more specific in its objective that just seeking God. The Kingdom of God is about God’s purposes on earth. It’s about establishing His rule and leadership over things. It’s about His agenda and His passion and desire for the world.
The promise is that if we own His agenda, He will own ours. If we make His purpose our priority, He will make our needs His priority.
#3 – ‘Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.’ (Luke 12:34)
Your affections will always follow your investments. If you want to grow your passion, then increase your contribution. You can trace your passion to that which you give thought to, time to, and to that in which you invest finances.