Be Alert

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost | August 11, 2019

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 • Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 • Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 • Luke 12:32-40

32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

39 “Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”

35 “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.

Luke 12:32-40 New Living Translation (NLT)


I want to pick up something that Jesus says right before this morning’s text.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”

Luke 12:31

This verse is important to understand what Jesus is getting at in the words that follow. The work of the Kingdom and seeking the Kingdom should be the number one priority of every believer – and we are promised by Jesus, if we make that our number one priority – everything else will fall in line.

That’s why Jesus then says, “So don’t be afraid little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” (vs. 32) Jesus goes on to tell his disciples to invest in the Kingdom, because “where your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (vs. 34)

Believers are to seek the Kingdom of God with all we have – just as we are to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Which is one of the reasons he tells his disciples to sell their possessions and give to those in need.

Those possessions aren’t important as we think about the Kingdom of heaven – Those possession aren’t important as we think about the return of the Lord. Jesus changes gears now and reminds his disciples to be ready for the Lord’s return – it’s not a complete change of direction because being ready for the Lord’s return is seeking the Kingdom of God. We need to keep our hearts ready and we need to do our best and making sure that others are ready for the Kingdom of God – which again is what it means to seek the Kingdom of God.

This is our promise that if we are ready, we will receive the reward that the Lord has promised.

But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready

Luke 12:38b

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