Daily D – Luke 12:13-15
Luke 12:13-15 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” (NLT)
Jesus is not my personal problem solver. He is not Judge Judy. This is not The People’s Court.
Jesus is not interested in settling your scores. He’s not your muscle who roughs up people until they see things your way.
Until we see Jesus for who he is, we will be tempted to use him as a good-luck charm. We will wear crosses for the same reason some people carry rabbit’s feet and four-leaf clovers.
Greed grasps. Jesus gives.
Greed controls. Jesus releases.
Greed clings and clutches. Jesus embraces and empowers.
Jesus is more interested in people than possessions. People endure forever. Diamonds, contrary to the advertising slogan, do not.
Consider the man in the crowd who shouted at Jesus seeking his intervention and the man’s brother who apparently held the lion’s share of the inheritance. All of those possessions are long gone and untraceable. Those two men will exist forever.
Jesus doesn’t have scores to settle; He has people to save.
I will see the people behind the problems and seek their salvation and restoration.
Our Father, please drive greed out of my heart. Keep my focus on people, not possessions. Empower me to seek everyone’s highest and best. Protect me from the distraction of all those things which will not endure forever. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“