Wednesday, August 1, 2007

What's important Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-12

Colossians 3:1-2
1 Since you were raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth.

Paul wrote to the early church that every believer was a new creation. He believed that God is at work in all of our lives because we have died and risen with Jesus. It was that simple for Paul. In Jesus Paul met the one true God and that meeting left him changed. And Paul believed that every Christian was meant to have the same kind of experience. Paul's first hand experience of God's love and correction shook him to the core. He was a new man with a new life. Part of that new life meant putting aside all that he once thought mattered.

It's not easy to lay down the things that we think are important. But part of following Christ is learning God's perspectives and God's values. We have all sorts of important things in our lives. I know that I have all kinds of things that dominate my thoughts. We all worry about money, work, and all sorts everyday stuff. But these earth bound things are not supposed to be the ultimate end for our lives. What Paul wrote to the church in Collasae gets right to the meat of his faith and his life and what he believes all of us as Christians should live like today.

Colossians 3:3-4
3 Your old sinful self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. 4 Christ is our life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory. NCV Col 3:1-4. Dallas, TX: Word Bibles, 1991.

There are a lot of things that people worship these days. It's a situation similar to Jesus day when the people worshiped many different gods. They and we worship prosperity. They and we worship wealth. They and we put our status on this earth above our status as children of God.

Jesus confrontation with a man who demanded that Jesus mediate a dispute about an inheritance with his brother combined with the story about the rich man who Jesus called a fool in Luke 12:13-21 challenge us to let Christ be our life. We can obsess about things and pile up more and more stuff; but Jesus calls us to stop stockpiling as a substitute for faith in God. The rich man believed all was well; but he'd forgotten that everything he viewed as so important was temporary.

1 comment:

David said...

Sadly, many folks worship prosperity, wealth, and status right here in our churches. This is a great stewardship sermon starter...and not just stewardship of money. We waste too much time focusing on the other three, that we forget about stewardship of our money, possessions and most often our relationships.