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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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.