Monday, September 17, 2012

Sacrificial Life

I was reading listening to my daily Bible routine this morning. It's interesting how things you've read a gillion times before can strike you very differently when you listen to them.

The passage is Luke 12:13-48. Jesus starts telling this story of a guy who has a lot of stuff (and money). Sound familiar? And, he keeps getting more stuff. Then, the guy decides enough is enough, right? Nope. He actually builds a bigger barn. Then, he wants to kick back and enjoy life. Instead his life ends. Sad story.

Here's the punch line: "So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Sacrifice.

Sacrifice your life or you will sacrifice your life.

Then, Jesus gives some super helpful encouragement. Don't worry. Seek God. And, your life will never be the same. 

Finally, he puts the explanation point on this passage: "Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Sacrifice. 

Giving up your stuff is a sacrifice and it's worth it.

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