Day 147: May 27, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

Luke 12:1-59 Read Online

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

—Luke 12:34

What Do You Treasure?
by Henry Dutton,

What are some things you love? For me, that list would include God, family, and friends, but it also includes a host of more trivial things such as coffee, Lord of the Rings, hiking, camping, sweet tea, wood-burning fires, mountains, Star Wars—and the list continues.

In our culture today, we use the word “love” to convey a host of meanings ranging all the way from infatuation, obsession, and craving to actual unconditional love. With all the things that we “love,” our hearts, and even our loyalty, are often divided.

In today's passage, Jesus clearly commands us to seek His kingdom first. The kingdom of God should take first place over all other concerns in our hearts and lives. In order to carry out this command, we may even have to give up some of the things that we “love.”

Making a commitment to follow Christ sometimes requires earthly sacrifice. Many of the disciples left their homes and careers to follow Him. Jesus told the rich young ruler to give up all his possessions (Mark 10). He told a scribe that following Him was even more important than burying his father (Matthew 8). From these examples, we see that following Jesus ought to be our highest priority—no matter the cost.

Many times we publicly or openly accept God’s plan and calling for our lives, but we privately cling to our own plans and agendas. This type of behavior is what Jesus addresses in today's passage.

He warns, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing covered that won't be uncovered, nothing hidden that won't be made known. Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in an ear in private rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops” (verses 1b-3).

The world can clearly see whether or not we actually believe what we confess based on how we live our lives and the actions that we take.

Verse 34 says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Perhaps, then, rather than asking, “What are some things that you love,” it’s better to think about what you treasure. Ask yourself, “What do I really treasure? Am I following God’s plan, or my own?”

Ask God to help you not to have a divided heart. Ask Him to give you a heart for His kingdom and to help you learn to treasure the things he treasures. Ask Him to help you follow him, no matter the cost. Ask Him to help you live all in.

Reflection Questions

  1. What are some things in your life that might be difficult to give up as you continue to journey with Christ?
  2. What steps can you take this week to more closely align your plans with God's plans?
  3. If God called you to suddenly give up everything that you love, would you be willing to take that step?

About the Author

Henry Dutton
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Henry is a Camp Director with CentriKid Camps and a student in the graduate program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s attended Brentwood Baptist since August 2011. Married to Amy, Henry loves to camp, hike, do things outdoors, and play games with friends, but he can’t stand to touch popsicle sticks. He’s a regular writer on the CentriKid Camps blog. You can keep up with him on Twitter @henryidutton.