December 13, 2016
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 13 December 2016
"O you of little faith!" (Luke 12:28, ESV). Don't you wish we could say that was never true of us? Jesus said, "Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!" (v. 24). The message Jesus conveyed is not to seek security in what cannot be stored.
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. God did not rebuke the rich man’s diligence; rather, the Lord reproved his foolish self-sufficiency and pursuit of security in what he could store on earth. Jesus went beyond telling us to cease 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 (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 appropriate treasure for the suitable future. Indeed, the Lord said, “Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the 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 (or whatever makes us feel secure on our own) is an immense temptation to trust in those things and thus to have little faith in God.
The world believes more barns equals more security, which is why Jesus said, “For all the nations of the world seek after these things” (12:30a). If you seek your security in the same manner that the world seeks security, God receives no glory. However, if you trust in God enough to give 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” (12:32). 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 appropriate 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 God desires is to repent of any sinful unbelief, seek first the kingdom, and give what we are tempted to put in our “barns,” and trust that our Lord will continue to provide everything we need when it is required (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 experience of eternity, when we will be forever with Him (1 Thess 4:13-18).
P.S. Pastor Greg Laurie referenced something he heard from Farmer David Jackson: “For the fruit to grow, the farmer’s shadow has to fall on the field.” If the field is to be harvested, it is essential for the farmer to be tending it. The principle is directly applicable to the ministry of Capitol Commission. If there is to be fruit harvested, Capitol Commission State Ministers need to have a regular presence in the Capitol communities in which we serve. Our shadows need to fall upon the people serving in the Capitol communities of our nation. Capitol Commission State Ministers need complete financial support if abundant fruit is to be produced in Congress and our Statehouses.
Please invest with Capitol Commission by sending the “fruit” of a charitable partnership (cf. Rom 15:28). You can partner with us by submitting a check payable to “Capitol Commission Georgia” to the following address: Capitol Commission, P.O. Box 63118, Charlotte, NC 28263-3118, or donate online.
Nearly one-third (31%) of all annual giving occurs in December. Please remember Capitol Commission Georgia in your end-of-year giving (in addition to your missionary budgets for 2017), which is vital to us as God continues to grow and expand this ministry. Thank you to those who are already strategic prayer and financial partners with us in reaching Capitol communities for Christ.
Your Capitol Missionary-Pastor,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.