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Devotion - August 9, 2019

Luke 12:32-34


‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your God’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 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. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Devotion by Rochelle Lofstrand


In the section of scripture verses preceding this one, the title is “Do Not Worry”. In today’s scripture, Jesus is discussing how one can decrease the amount of worry they have about money. After reading the previous verses about how one should not be worried about clothing or food, this verse made me think - “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I wasn’t even sure that I should have a treasure to begin with. So, I started looking at different translations of the Bible to see if something else struck me in a new and different way. I found the translation called “The Message” and this gave me a very different perspective of these verses.

In the Bible translation (The Message), verses 33 - 34 read like this:

33-34 “Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bank robbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.


“The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”


Jesus is saying that God will take care of us and our treasures because that is where we will most want to be - with God!

Prayer


God, that you for looking out for me. Sometimes things get too stressful and I get bogged down in material things of this world. I work hard to pay for things that I never get to fully use or appreciate because I’m working so much! Today’s scripture is a reminder to trust in you because at the end of the day, with you is the place I want to be.



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