FRIDAY, JUNE 6
Scripture: Luke 12:16-21
Luke 12:16-21 says, “Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, “What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?” So he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”’” Jesus made it very clear that the man who stored up here was going to have to pay a steep, steep penalty. Thay-sow-rid-zo is in verse 21. Jesus said again in Luke’s version, “He who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God…” is in deep trouble. We certainly do not want to do that. This emphasis again is the issue of laying up in Heaven as absolutely essential and God expects us to learn to live out of that bank. Faith to live out of the Kingdom is the only certain way forward in the days ahead. And I believe this is what I hear the Spirit saying. Based on what we see happening in America economically, the only safe thing to do is for every believer to learn to live out of his or her Kingdom resources. We have to learn to live out of God’s supply, based on our past, present and future obedience. This isn’t rocket science – it is relationship with God and learning to live out of what He provides. We have been called to do it and sometimes we have to be pushed into it. But do it, we should! Everyone has to start somewhere. It can start with the realization that we have been making deposits into this account with our obedience and it may be time to learn to make withdrawals.