November 24, 2017
First Presbyterian Church, Sterling IL
In the twelfth chapter of Luke,
Jesus has been warning his disciples of the traps and seductions of wealth;
he also makes it a point to teach them not to fear persecution, or death,
but to only fear the outcome of a Godless life.
Just before today’s text, he tells the parable of the rich fool.
A successful farmer has such a bumper crop that his barn won’t hold it.
The man’s solution to this problem is to build bigger barns, to store it all.
But, Jesus says, God said to him, ‘You fool!
This very night your life is being demanded of you.
And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves
but are not rich toward God.”
Then Jesus gives a discourse on what we ought to value,
and where we should direct our devotion.
Let’s listen for God’s gracious word to us in Luke 12:22-34
He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about yo…