3D Devotional 8.6.2019

Tuesday, August 6

Luke 12:32-40 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Watchful Slaves

35 "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36 be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.39 "But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[a] would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."
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Today's scripture has three important lessons for us.  
Do not be afraid.  Often it is our insecurities and fears that stand in the way of us truly serving God.   Fear is a driving force in our lives and if we let it, it can overcome us.  We fear what we can't control.  We fear what we don't know.  We fear being hurt.  We fear what others think.  All of these fears can prevent us from answering God's call.  How can you set aside your fears today?
Store up heavenly treasure.It is necessary for us to let go of things of this world, so that we can focus on what God is calling us to be and do.  Our treasure is the Kingdom of God.  And it is not only what we look forward to, but it is being created here and now.  How will you store up heavenly treasure and help build the Kingdom of God?
Be ready for the Kingdom of God.Being ready does not mean sitting and waiting.  Being ready means being prepared and taking action to do God's work.  The parable tells us that the slave "fastens his belt" and is ready to serve.  Christ will come again, and there is uncertainty in when that will be. We need to see the world through Jesus' eyes, take action and be faithful. Are you ready?

Sheila Freeman
Connectional Ministries

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