Luke 12:22-41

Luke 12:22-41

Where is your foundation? Where is your strength? Who are you putting your trust in? See, it's not about what you're going to face tomorrow. It's about Who you're facing tomorrow with.Jesus says you don’t have to worry about you. Your Father in heaven knows who you are. And this is the crux of it. You know what it is? We’re afraid. Notice how He says that? Verse 32, “Do not be afraid.” You know why we seek to store up for ourself? Because we’re afraid of what tomorrow is going to bring. We’re afraid that tomorrow is going to happen and we’re not going to have enough… You know, we don’t have to be afraid fo tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to come, and tomorrow is going to go, and God will be in charge of tomorrow just as He is today. And He tells us today to not be afraid. We are His flock. We are His sheep. We are those that He tends and cares for. He knows what we need. He is not going to let us go under, but He will let us choose to walk away. He will let us choose to not trust Him. He will let us choose to be afraid. He will let us choose to hoard for ourself. He’ll let us choose that life, but with that life comes the thieves who want to break in…

There is very little in this life that has so much value that we should cling to it when we see need around us, but yet we will cling to those little things that we have and fail to help those that are in our life and our sphere of influence. We let them suffer because, gosh, if I give it away then I won’t have it, and then what if I need it? Well, if you need it, God will provide it then, just as you provided for your neighbor. That is what it is about, but we fear, and we do not see God’s pleasure in our life…

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased.” Did you near that? God the Father has been pleased. To do what? Notice He’s not pleased with me, but He’s pleased with Himself because He has an abundance, and He’s giving that abundance to us. He has been pleased to give it to us freely. He’s not asking anything more of us than to just simply receive it. To trust Him and receive it. But we are filled with mistrust and fear, and when somebody comes to us and offers us a free gift, we’re like, “Okay, what strings are attached? What’s it going to really cost me?…”

Is your treasure in heaven? Are you looking forward to an eternity with God? Are you looking forward to an eternity being in love with Jesus Christ? Are you looking forward to an eternity that is going to take us into an amazing creation that we have yet to even see a scratch of? You can walk around this world a hundred times and look at all that there is that God has created, and you’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what God has created for us… Is that where your treasure is? Do you desire those things? Let me tell you, the things that we have here are nothing. They’re meaningless…

Everything that Jesus is teaching here has to do with an attitude of heart. An attitude that makes us ready. If we have an abundance of things that we are attached to, are we ready to go if the Master asks us to go? What if you felt like you were called today to go on a missions trip. Could you go? Could you easily walk away from the life that you have, the things that you have, and go on a missions trip? What if that missions trip required you to be gone for a long time? Are you ready and prepared for that? To step out and serve God the way He might call you to serve Him?…

How powerful is your God? Do you truly believe that God is powerful in your life today? Do you truly believe that God desires for your needs to be met today? Do you believe that? If you believe that, then start living like you believe that. Stop worrying about tomorrow. Stop being afraid for tomorrow, and start reaching out and serving and living your life to meet the needs that are around you. We are called to be servants…

We’ve seen a lot of disasters over this last year happen in our country, and there are people who stand up and curse God for it, and some who’ve stood up and praised God for bringing them through it. Which one would we be?… Where is your foundation? Where is your strength? Who are you putting your trust in? Are you putting your trust in a job that you’re going to, or are you putting your trust in the One Who provides all things for you, including that job? See, it’s not about what you’re going to face tomorrow. It’s about Who you’re facing tomorrow with.

Where is your heart? What are you putting your faith in? Are you putting your faith in your own ability? Or are you putting your faith in God’s ability to see you through? It’s about God seeing you through. It’s always about God seeing you through.

Dave Elkins