October 21, 2019

Romans 4:20-25


Brothers and sisters:

Abraham did not doubt God's promise in unbelief;

but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “reckoned to him as righteousness.” But the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.



Psalm - Luke 1:68-75


“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people,
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.


Luke 12:13-21


One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”




Yesterday we heard a parable about a widow who sought justice from a judge. Her persistence wore the judge down and Jesus reassured us that, better than an earthly judge, God hears our earnest prayers and responds. Today, we hear another parable about a man who is asking Jesus to intervene in an inheritance dispute with his brother. But Jesus does not see it as a matter of justice and tells him that he should be on guard against covetousness.


Surely the man thought his brother was being unfair and perhaps he was. But Jesus focused on what was more important. He saw what was happening in his heart.


Abraham’s great treasure was the life of faith. He believed God’s word and became the father of our faith and the father of all believers. That is the inheritance God wants us to possess.


God always sees through to the heart but often we are unaware of what is in our own hearts. To be more aware, we can look at how we spend our time and our money. Do we make sure to do God’s work in the world or do we primarily think of our own desires? Could a money dispute end up severing a family relationship? Do we trust God when he promises to provide and asks us to detach ourselves from worldly pursuits to bring about his Kingdom? Life is short here on this planet compared to eternity. The wise use this time for God.



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