June 26, 2012
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 26 JUNE 2012
“O ye of little faith!” (Luke 12:28). I wish that was never true of me. Jesus said, “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. How much more value are you than birds?” The message is do not seek security in what you cannot store. In Luke 12, Jesus gave the parable of the rich fool who thought he could secure his future by building and filling larger barns with earthly abundance. It was not the rich man’s diligence that God rebukes; it was his foolish self-sufficiency and pursuit of security in what he can store on earth.
Jesus went beyond telling us to stop storing treasure on earth. He said, “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy” (12:33a). Do not just refrain from building bigger barns. Give away (at least some of) what is in your current barns. What does Jesus have against storing treasure for the future? Absolutely nothing. He is all for it—provided that it is the right treasure for the right future. Indeed, He said, “Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys it” (12:33b). Jesus was not telling us that God always wants to provide us with an abundance of earthly moneybags. Here is Jesus’ logic: you have a Heavenly Father who has promised to provide everything that you need. You do not need big barns on earth because you have God. Having big barns is a big temptation to trust in barns and not in God.
The world believes more barns equals more security. That is why Jesus said, “All the nations of the world seek after these things” (12:30a). If you seek your security the same way the world seeks security, God receives no glory. However, if you trust in God enough to give away what the world seeks and live in raven-like freedom, it shows the world that God is more than enough for you—even if they think that means you are foolish.
Jesus said, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (12:23). Believing this promise is the difference in being free from earthly security and free to be radically generous. Jesus is very jealous that we store our treasure in the right place, because “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (12:34). He wants our hearts to be with God, not with what is inside our barns. The resolve our Father desires is to repent of any sinful unbelief, seek first the kingdom, and give away what we are tempted to put in our “barns,” and trust that our Father will continue to provide everything we need when we need it (12:31). Of course, to be wise stewards in the present time is all the more relevant as we long for the Lord's return and the beginning of eternity, when we will be forever with Him (1 Thess 4:13-18).