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Learning from Luke: Seek the Easter Kingdom

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Luke 12:22-34

Frederick the Great of Prussia once visited a school, and singled out a little girl, held up a stone in front of her, and asked, “To which kingdom does this stone belong?” “To the mineral kingdom,” came the quick reply. “And to which kingdom does this apple belong?” “To the plant kingdom.” Next the king pointed to the picture of a horse and asked her to classify the horse. “It belongs to the animal kingdom,” said the girl. Then, after a pause, the king demanded, “And to which kingdom do I belong?” Now the girl hesitated. Finally, she answered, “You belong to the kingdom of God.” The king was deeply moved by this unexpected reply and said to the girl, “Pray God that I may be found worthy of such an honor.”

Anyone who accepts the work that Jesus has done on the cross can be a part of that Easter Kingdom.

As A Part of the Easter Kingdom, We Can See That:

He is Lord of Everyday Life
Luke 12:22-24~ don’t worry about stuff

  • v22 Jesus’ focus: don’t worry about life
  • v23 Life is MORE than stuff (cf. Abundant Life John 10:10)
  • v24 how valuable are you? Do you agree with God on this?

=> If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried no balance from day to day, allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and finally every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. what would you do? Draw out every cent–of course!
Well, you have such a bank and its name is “Time.” Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off–as lost–whatever of this you had failed to invest to good purpose.

He is Lord of Common Time
Luke 12:25-28~ how do you spend your time?

  • v25 we are not in control
  • v26 what is impossible for us is a little thing to God
  • v27/28 God cares for you because of who HE is

He is Lord of Constant Care
Luke 12:27-31~ think about how God values you

  • v29/30 God knows your needs
  • v31 Agree with God about His priorities

=> Queen Victoria, after hearing one of her chaplains preach on the second coming of Christ, said, “Oh, how I wish that the Lord would come during my lifetime.” When asked why, she replied, “Because I should so love to lay my crown at His feet.”

He is Lord of Everlasting Hope
Luke 12:32-34~ let go of stuff; hold onto God

  • v32 We don’t trust God because of FEAR; yet God trusts US
  • v33 trade your old stuff for PERMANENT treasure
  • v34 your heart is connected to your stuff (how do you define yourself?); Jesus reminds us to be connected to GOD, and let HIM define us

Think about your daily life: how do you spend your common time? Are you burdened with constant care over what you feel you need? Let go of anything that weighs you down, and be lifted in the Hope of the Risen Savior. Set your mind and heart on God’s trust in you to live as a citizen of Heaven right here, right now.

Inescapable Irony

Inescapable Irony Sermon Audio Here

Wile E. Coyote having a bad day
Ecclesiastes 10:8-14

I became a big fan of the RoadRunner cartoons when I was a kid. One thing that always gave me pause: Wile E Coyote ALWAYS gets caught in own trap, but WHY? The answer, of course, is that we need that to happen, it’s the comedic hook that makes the cartoon work. But the philosophical answer is this: he’s driven by his appetite, not his reason. That’s why he’s short-sighted.

To Keep From Being Short-sighted in the Long Run

Prepare for the Pitfall
Ecc. 10:8-14 How Will Our Choices End?

  • v8/9 wisdom: assume worst case, & prepare for it
  • v10/11 skill better than strength
  • v12-14 the fool ignores preparation; likes to chatter instead (monologuing!)

Trust in Providence, not Possessions
Luke 12:13-21 ~ How Do Our Lives End?

  • v15 guard against greed
  • v16/17 problem: overabundant crop
  • v18 answer: build bigger storage (wrong)
  • v19 trust in storehouse (wrong)
  • v20 preparing for retirement is NOT preparing for mortality, and yet mortality is the ONLY certainty!
  • v21 focus on self alone is idolatry; doesn’t work

A square dance caller knows the steps; dancers just carry them out (do-si-do, swing your partner, promenade)

We are to live in a reactive relationship with the Father, not preemptive isolation from Him. Let’s join in His dance, not ignore His call.


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