“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:21)
Jesus has just shared the story of the rich man putting up new barns to hold all his wealth, believing this secures his future. “Not so,” says the Lord. “You won’t live to the next day.” Every day we live is a gift. It is precious in itself because it is from our God. The question is, “Do we acknowledge that?” Does the Lord promise long life to those who live for Him? Does He promise long life for those who follow the mind of Christ in their daily life, placing what they have at His disposal? The length of our life is in the Lord’s hands but we desire that however long our life will be that it be one that glorifies Him with the use of our earthly treasures.
Laying up treasure in heaven is following the will of God for our life. It is simple in one respect and yet difficult in another. Obedience to the Lord is not our strong suit as human beings. We need a lot of help to keep our focus, motivation and actions pleasing to Him. As followers of Jesus we do not live our life for ourselves but for Him. With His help through the presence of the Holy Spirit we serve Him faithfully.
Heavenly Father, help us understand Your call of us into Your Forever Family. There is a purpose for our life. There are things You wish for us to do. Help us recognize these and do them by the power of Your Spirit. Our lives are in Your hands. Thank You for loving us that much. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is retired from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn.