Luke 12:13-34

Luke 12:13-34

Why do we worry? Why do we toil?... Jesus already told us, it's about relationship with Him... It's about having an eternal relationship. It's not about keeping this flesh alive. It's about living in this flesh until He chooses to take us out of this flesh.How many of you worry about sharing your faith because of what someone might think of you? How many of you keep your mouths closed because you’re worried about how you might be perceived or received? Jesus says, do not worry about how you will defend yourself. You know what? It is not about you defending yourself, because it is not about you. Your faith in Jesus Christ is about Him. The love that God has for us is about Him. It’s not about us. It’s truly not about us. It is about the love that God had for us. He created us so He could have love relationship with us, so He says, do not worry about how you will defend yourself or what you will say for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say. God has not asked us to stand up in this world on our own. He has given us His Holy Spirit. He has empowered us and strengthened us…

What happens when God demands our lives from us? Are we going to grasp hold of those things that we’ve earned, the abundance that we’ve stored up for ourselves, and drag it along with us, and slam it down before the throne of God and say, “See, God, I am deserving. I am worthy because look at all that I have!” Are we going to do that? I don’t think so. None of that stuff is going to go with us or be used for us. And Jesus asked the question, then who will get it? What will happen to it? All that that you’ve earned for yourself, where is it going to go?…

God is not telling you to not have some provision for yourself for your future. He’s not saying that. What He is saying is, in building that provision for your future, you need to be building provision in heaven as well. You need to be building a relationship with Jesus Christ, walking with God, looking to eternity, rather than just tomorrow. You know what? There are people, many people, who have built huge retirement accounts for themselves, just to get to that day of retirement to lose everything they have. It has happened many times through history. People who play the stock market. One day they’ll be up, the next day they’ll be down, and every time the stock market crashes, people will jump off of buildings because they’ve lost everything they had. They put all their faith in the abundance of their own wealth, but they were not rich toward God. We are to be concerned about that relationship that we have with heaven. We are to be concerned about that relationship that we have that is going to take us into eternity. It is not wrong to supply for your family and for your need for the future. It’s not wrong to do that. But in doing that, how do you build up toward God? By taking some of that abundance and looking around you and seeing with your abundance how you can meet the needs of other people around you. God has given us great avenues for sharing who we are and what we have. And standing up in the Name and the Person of Jesus and sharing the love that He has shared with us. Giving back because He has given to us. God has given us a great abundance just in the love that He poured out for us on the cross…

Why do we worry? Why do we toil? These are the questions that Jesus is asking us. He’s already told us, it is about relationship with Him. It is about acknowledging Him before His Father and before this world and before anybody who will listen. It’s about having an eternal relationship. It’s not about keeping this flesh alive. It’s about living in this flesh until He chooses to take us out of this flesh and being fulfilled every moment that we’re in this flesh. Fulfilled in the way that God desires for us to be fulfilled; in love relationship with Him.

Dave Elkins

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