Luke 12:13-34 — What this life is all about

What is this life all about?

So many people wander about lost because they don’t know.  Often times they search for meaning in money, possessions, and things.

That’s what the man who asked Jesus to judge between he and his brother about their inheritance was worried about.

But Jesus told him,

A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.  (15)

He then told all the people

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  (22-23)

Why does he say this?  For two reasons.

First, life is far more than food, clothes, or anything else you can buy in this world.  These things are temporary.  They are here one moment and gone the next.  And while buying these things may satisfy your stomach or your heart for a time, eventually, you start to hunger for more.  In other words, the things of this world will never truly satisfy.  It always leaves you longing for more.

But second, God cares about you.  He knows what you need, and if you will put him first, he will provide for you.

And if that’s the case, shouldn’t we put our priority on other things?  What then is life about?  God’s kingdom.

What is God’s kingdom?  It’s people.  People for whom Jesus died.  People whom God desperately desires a relationship with.  And that’s where our focus should be.  When we see people in physical need, we should do our best to meet those needs.  To love these people more than our own money, giving generously as God gave to us, and in so doing, storing up a treasure in heaven that will never be exhausted.

But even more importantly, we need to see their spiritual needs and reach out to them with the love of Christ.

God has given us his kingdom.  He’s given us his Son that our sins might be forgiven.  He has adopted us as his children.  So let us not waste time chasing things that are temporal.  Let us chase what is eternal.  Let us pursue our relationship with the God who loves us, and reach out with his love to those around us that they may know him too.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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