HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

March 21/Luke 12

Verse 1 > Jesus had quite an audience > thousands of people tripping over each other. As a pastor who has pastored smaller congregations just once it would be nice, at least I think it would be, to see people so enthused about Jesus that they would be tripping over each other just to get come through the doors of the church building on a Sunday morning. Something like Walmart experiences when they open the doors on Black Friday! Just dreaming;)

Okay back to the chapter in front of us. The key verse in this chapter is verse 21: Luke 12:21 (NLT) — 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

Jesus is saying if you can only get one thing in life get a rich relationship with God. When you have God and he has you you have everything! What is it that you need that God doesn’t have? The answer is ‘nothing’.

Psalm 24:1 (NLT) — 1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.

Jesus said if you put anything in this life before God you are a fool, you are just plain stupid! Why? Well:

Verses 2-3 > There are no secrets. God knows everything!

Verses 4-5 > God fears no one!

Verses 6-7 > God knows you intimately and values you immensely!

Verses 8-12 > God gave us Jesus and the Holy Spirit!

Verses 13-20 > Material things mean nothing to God. He is not impressed with them. His focus is not on them it is on us. When our focus is on material things we try to use God to get more like the guy in verse 13. Some people go to church because “it is good for business”. Some people think they can manipulate God to bless them by doing good deeds. When our focus is off of God and on material things it causes us to do stupid things. Like the guy in the story who had such a bumper crop that he was going to tear  down his smaller barns and build bigger barns. Well why tear down the barns when you could just build  a couple more?

Some people cheat to get more. Some steal. Some sacrifice family time just to get more. Some sacrifice their health just to get more. Some gamble. See what I mean by doing stupid things?

If we have a rich relationship with God we won’t have a thing to worry about. Jesus goes on to explain the dangers of worry.

Verse 22 > Worry causes you to forget about God.

Verses 23-24 > Worry causes you to focus on the less important things in life instead of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Birds don’t even  worry so why should we?

Verses 25-27 > Worry is useless.

Verse 28 > Worry is a faith killer.

Verse 29 > Worry causes unnecessary concern. If is doesn’t concern God it shouldn’t concern us.

Verse 30 > Worry identifies you as an unbeliever.

Verse 31 > Worry causes you to forget why you are here.

Verse 32 > Worry opens the door to fear.

Verse 33 > Worry causes you to be poor in heaven.

Verse 34 > Worry causes you to see the wrong things as valuable.

Verse 35-36 > Worry keeps you from being prepared.

Verse 37-38 > Worry keeps you from being rewarded.

Verse 39 > Worry lets the enemy steal you joy.

A rich relationship with God is the way to avoid worry and all the stuff that comes with it.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    At the end of this chapter Jesus gives a warning to believers. The more God gives you, the more God expects of you. A follower of Jesus is held to a higher standard than an unbeliever since we are in relationship with Jesus. As it is said in the Spiderman movies with great power comes great responsibility.