There’s a reason Jesus taught so much about this

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The end of anxiety and despair”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “There’s a good reason Jesus taught so much about this.”
 
So, do we believe the words of Jesus, or don’t we? Is Luke 12:15 true, or not? How about Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”? Or Luke 19:20-21, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded of you. And the things you have prepared – whose will they be?” “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
 
Jesus taught about the danger of money and possessions in 11 of His 39 parables. That’s more than 25% of His total teaching. By some estimates, He taught more about money and possessions than about any other single topic. But why? Of all the important topics He taught about, why was the danger of money and possessions so high on the list?
 
It’s because we are material people living in a material world and we have to have money and possessions in order to survive. That’s just a reality of life and it’s true no matter who you are, where you live, or what age of history you live in. Even Robinson Crusoe, stranded and living alone on a deserted island, needed food, shelter, and clothing.
 
So, the need for money and possessions isn’t the problem. It’s our obsession with money and possessions that is the problem. First, we fear we won’t have enough. Second, we’re convinced that the more we can get, the better off we will be. Well, with regard to the first concern, whether or not you will have enough, read Matthew 6:25-34. God knows your needs and He will provide for you. You just be faithful and trust Him. And with respect to the second issue, the belief that if some is good then more must be better, read Luke 19:13-21. Some is good but too much is often a problem.
 
Few things in life cause us as much anxiety and despair as our preoccupation with money and possessions. It’s such a problem that Jesus taught about it in 25% of His parables. If we could manage to just relax a little regarding this key issue it would remove a lot of the anxiety and despair from our lives. So, we will come back to this again tomorrow.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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