“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (7/14/10): Demand #37 “Lay Up for Yourselves Treasures in Heaven: ‘It Is Your Father’s Good Pleasure To Give You The Kingdom’”

Luke 12:32-34

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

“The giving that Jesus has in mind is as diverse as the possible ways to bless others with what we have and do and say. His demand is that we use what we have to bless others. It may be money (Matt. 19:21) or healing (Matt. 10:8) or a cup of cold water (Mark 9:41) or time and effort like the Good Samaritan’s (Luke 10:34-35) or your home and hospitality (Luke 14:13-14). The point of Jesus’ demand is that we be radically free from the love of money and what it can buy, and from the fear of losing the security and comforts it affords (pg. 282).”

“Money enslaves either by greed or fear. We are greedy for more of it and fearful of losing what we have. Jesus wants us free. Sacrificial giving is one evidence that we have been liberated from the idols that money provides. It is also evidence that we have begun to love other people the way we should—that is, we are focusing outwardly on the joy of making others glad, not just the private pleasures that putrefy in the small world of selfishness. We can see how Jesus thinks about our liberation by the way he links the promise of God’s provision with the demand for sacrificial generosity. Here’s the link: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy” (Luke 12:32-33).

Surely Jesus intends for us to understand a “therefore” between the promise and the command:  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Therefore, sell your possessions, and give to the needy.” Luke 12:32 is the key to being liberated from our fearful slavery to possessions. It is the dynamite that can demolish the house of materialism that we live in. Luke 12:32 is a powerful word from Jesus about the nature of God. It’s about what kind of heart God has—what makes God glad, not merely what he has or does. Indeed, it is about what God delights to do, what he loves to do and takes pleasure in doing. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” These are the words that set us free to sell our possessions and give sacrificially and generously (pg. 283).”

“The Lord is at pains in Luke 12:32 to free us from this fear by telling us the truth about God. He has chosen every word to help liberate us from the love of money and satisfy us with all that God promises to be for us in Jesus. Every word counts. Always read it slowly (pg. 288).”

Fear not,

little

flock,

for it is your Father’s

good pleasure

to give you

the kingdom!


Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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