Luke 12:32-34, ” Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus had just talked to His disciples about worry.  Worry about food or clothing or anything else for that matter.  The verse prior to the passage today talks about seeking the kingdom of God.  That is the purpose of our lives here on Earth.  It is to seek the kingdom of God and prepare for the next life.

I have heard it said, “This life is the dress rehearsal for the next life.”  To those that do not live for God, this life is all that they have.  For Christ followers, we know that there is more to come after this life on Earth.  This is not the end; this is the beginning.

Jesus told his disciples to not fear.  He knew their hearts and their minds and knew the feat that they had.  The uncertainty of things to come.   We, as people, all have uncertainty of what is to come in the future.  He also called them “little flock.”  Jesus is the Great Shepherd and His disciples were His sheep.  All people are sheep: some follow God and some choose another path.

The next passage talks about God the Father wanting to give away the kingdom of Heaven: His home.  He wants to make His home and the Son’s home, our home.  God willingly wants us to be with Him after we die.  He knows that all his creation will not come to know Him but He longs for all who come to know Him and be with Him.  This is His good pleasure that all would come to know Him better.

The next phrase seems extreme but makes sense when thought about: sell all that you have and give it to those in need.  Does that mean that everyone must give everything away in order to be with God?  No.  That is between you and God.  In the sense we are to abandon the things of this world, we are to seek treasure not on Earth.  We don’t need tons of money, cars, houses, boats, or other stuff in our lives.  The only thing we need is God.  God wants us to have money that does not rust or diminish in value.  He wants us to have stock in a market that cannot crash.  He wants us to invest in a fund far superior to that of this world.

Where your treasure is, there is the heart of those that follow God.  If your treasure is on Earth, then after you die, you have nothing.  Those who are making deposits in Heaven (praying to God, worshiping God, reading the Bible, Salvation, leading souls to Christ…) are those who are most blessed.  They are the wealthiest in the kingdom of Heaven.  Salvation is the key to the kingdom of Heaven but salvation is the start, not the end.  Once we receive the gift of salvation, we are to spread the good news that we received with others.  We are to commune with other.  We are to worship God with our mouths.  We are to read the Word of God to learn more.  We are to give our lives to God fully.

I heard it today that we should be “addicted to God.”  So in love with God that we need our “fix” of Him daily.  He is all we should seek and He is all that we need.  We need to live minute by minute, second by second completely immersed in God.  He is our treasure and He is in Heaven.  Let us seek Him daily in our individual walks with God.

Heavenly Father,

Let us come to You today with our whole hearts, whole minds, and whole souls.  Lord, we need You every hour.  You are our strength when we are weak.  You are our voice when we can’t find the words to say.  You are our everything.  We are nothing.  We deserve nothing.  We cannot save ourselves.  You sent Your Son to step in our place and take our punishment we deserve.  Jesus is our friend and our Savior.  You also sent us the Holy Spirit to be guide.  To tell us that we are Yours, God.  You are our treasure that we should seek always.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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