The 24 Day Devotion Day 12 – What Would Jesus Say if He Was in Your Living Room?

by Sarah Piercy, Assistant to Carey Nieuwhof & Barrie Campus Host

Welcome to Day 12 of the 24 Day Devotion. So glad you’re joining us! Each day for 24 days as a church, we’re going to read one chapter of the Gospel of Luke and post a devotion on it.

If you’ve never read the Bible, we’re so glad you’re joining us. And if you read the Bible, we hope this helps you grow in your faith.

Need to catch up?  Start at Luke 1 – Is The New Testament A Lie? and follow along.  Today’s devotion is below.

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READ Luke 12

REFLECT

Wow – Luke 12 is full of rich teaching… hypocrisy, false riches, “blaspheming the Holy Spirit” (a topic scholars still have varied perspectives on!), Jesus’ return and, wait, Jesus brings division?? If any of those pique your interest, come back to explore them because it is all worth it.

What I want to dig into today is how Jesus speaks directly into your life and mine about our day to day living… and it’s pretty counter-cultural.  It’s like Jesus could be sitting in your living room right now saying these words and they’re still 100% relevant.

After Jesus teaches the crowd to guard against greed, and how foolish it is to store up earthly wealth without a rich relationship with God, he turns to his disciples and says things that I have really had to wrestle with over the years.

“Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!” Luke 12:24

and…

Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Luke 12:27-28

Wait, wait, wait.  God – sometimes the birds starve or freeze to death if they can’t find food in the winter.  And sometimes the flowers die from a late spring frost or worms eating them.  How is this suppose to make me trust You?  This is not very comforting!!

But then, look a little deeper.  Jesus isn’t just talking about our needs in this life.  He’s talking about our needs over ALL of life.

All through this chapter, Jesus keeps pointing us to the life beyond this one.

We must “seek first the Kingdom of God” and he will give us everything we need.

Because it gives our Heavenly Father “great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

And we should sell our possessions and give to those in need because “this will store up treasure for you in heaven!

Yes – we should bring our daily needs to God, as we saw yesterday in the Lords Prayer. And we should trust Him to provide what we need.

But… Jesus is pointing us to a life much bigger, much grander, much more eternal.  He says “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.”

Our day to day choices have ripple effects into eternity.

But sometimes we get so stuck in the day to day that we forget the life God has for us.

Are we storing up treasure in heaven, in His Kingdom?  Or is our focus so earthly-minded we get lost in the day to day worries of this life?

BOTTOM LINE

Our day to day choices have ripple effects into eternity.

LIVE

If our day to day choices have ripple effects into eternity, into God’s Kingdom, what are we doing with today’s choices? Today’s worries?  Today’s time?

How are we storing up treasure in heaven?  Or are our “treasures” things of this world that can be stolen or eaten by moths?

How would your daily decisions change if you were focused on God’s Kingdom instead of your own?

How would your daily decisions change if you laid down your worries and started to seek God’s Kingdom?

How would your daily decisions change if you really believed that they have a ripple effect into eternity?

PRAY

God, your majesty is so great, I worship you.

I recognize my desires in the life – for food, clothing, wealth, security and so much more.  I also recognize you are the Creator of all – and this life is so much more than just the sum of those parts. (take time to reflect on this)

Please give me eyes to see my life the way you see it.

I recognize you are calling me to live for you, to follow you, to seek Your Kingdom and Your will.  Show me what that looks like today in my day to day choices.

Help me to see how I can make decisions for Your Kingdom that make ripple effects into eternity.

You are such a good, loving God. Thank you for your love and patience for me as I seek to follow You.

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