True Riches
Luke 12:22-34
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Isn’t it strange people get, us too. After all we are people? We get something new, anything new and we practically coddle it. It’s never too far away from us. Example… any latest greatest smart phone.
You get it bring it home, you find your favorite ring tone, learn all the cool things you can do with it. You put it in a protective casing because you had to take a second mortgage on the house to get it. You waited in line since 5:30 p.m. the night before and finally by noon the next day it was in your possession. Everybody in the world wants this phone…but you have it.
It is an electronic/digital/data filled love affair of epic proportion. ..
…3 months later they introduce the IPhone 9 and suddenly your “new” shiny phone doesn’t look as good to you as it did just 90 days ago. That seems to be how true riches are defined today. There is a song with great words called “Only One Life” I hesitate to call it old because it was written by Lanny Wolfe in the 70’s and I remember when it came out….but it will soon be 50 years old.
Listen to the words:
It matters so little
How much you may own
The places you've been
Or the people that you've known
For it all comes to nothing
When placed at His feet
It is nothing to Jesus
Only memories to keep

You may take all the treasures
From far away lands
Take all the riches
You can hold in your hands
And take all the pleasures
That your riches can buy
But what will you have
When it's your time to die

The days pass so swiftly
The months come and go
The years melt away
Like new falling snow
Spring turns to summer
And summer to fall
Autumn brings winter
Then death comes to all

Only one life, so soon it will pass
Only what's done for Christ will (ever) last
Only one chance to do His will
So give to Jesus all you days
It's the only life that pays
When you recall you have but one life
A rather sobering thought isn’t it?
So in this life, what is important to us tends to show. We mow our yards because we have a big investment in our homes and want them to have nice curb appeal. We are thankful for our dwellings. But there are other possessions, past times and priorities people have that leave no doubt where there treasure is.
In truth anything that comes before God in our lives is loosely, but accurately described as an idol. I don’t think anyone begrudges the success a person enjoys because the hard work and wise stewardship they have demonstrated throughout their lives. But when those thing we possess, begin to possess us it is an indicator that our spiritual priorities are not in the proper place.
Everything we have is a gift from God and as long God remains our top priority we are truly rich!
2016-09-23 14:04:38