Luke 12:31   “seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”

Amidst the crowd listening to Jesus, a man came asking for Jesus to advocate for him in a legal matter.  Jesus avoided the man’s effort to bog him in a personal dispute but challenged his heart.    He says, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

This might as well have been written to our culture.  From every angle it seems like we’re pushed farther and farther to pile up stuff.   Many do.  It’s a philosophy among us.  Living well is having good things and insurance of good things in case the good things you have are taken away.  Then, after you have good things, retire and enjoy them.  How should we respond?   Jesus addresses this with a parable to teach the true root of this issue, our heart.   Love Him, pursue His work on earth.  That’s it.  That’s being rich toward God.  What you love is what you serve.  Who do I love?

With four kids, I have a tendency to become concerned with all these things Jesus mentions, God says don’t.  When our heart is in heaven, the details of our earthly life fade in comparison of what’s to come.  When we seek his kingdom today we are pursuing what He is pursuing.  We pursue people, we pursue His glory.  Who am I pursuing for the kingdom?

Following this teaching Jesus admonished readiness.  I love how they work together.  Jesus wants us watching, ready for his return.  Loving his kingdom, seeking His treasure is only the beginning.  Remember, in doing so we are pursuing a love that’s eternal, a relationship that never fails.  Heaven is our destination.  Don’t let the fantasies of this world pull your heart away from the realities of the next.  “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

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