Grace For The Journey
Are you offended by that accusation? Don’t be; I’m selfish too! We are all selfish by nature. We seek our own good over the good of others. When forced to choose, we’ll choose, more often than not, to build bigger barns instead of asking God to give us bigger hearts.
The Bible relays an important truth about this in Luke 12:13-21, “Then one form the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ But He said to him, ‘Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?’ And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’ Then He spoke a parable t them, saying: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your will be required of you; then whose will those thing be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Our desire for bigger barns is a demonstration of our selfishness and unbelief. We do not trust God to deliver on His promise to meet our every need in Christ Jesus, so we keep a white-knuckle grip on everything we can get our hands on.
We turn our backs on service in pursuit of security.
We turn our eyes away from the poor in pursuit of our pleasure.
We turn our hearts from the helpless in pursuit of our happiness.
We believe the old maxim, “If it is to be, it’s up to me” and live life as if it is a self-salvation project.
Only a right understanding of the Gospel can change our desire and move us away from building bigger barns toward building a bigger heart. Only the truths of the Gospel will transform our hearts to beat more for the Savior than ourselves. Only the Gospel message will deliver us from our desire for self-protection and open us up to a life of self-sacrifice.
There is something beyond bigger barns, and it is the place where we are living more for the expansion of His kingdom than the expansion of our own. Living as subjects in His kingdom, we demonstrate to a watching world that it is not only far better to give than to receive, but it is far better to simply keep on giving! This is what our Lord has done and continues to do for us each and every day.
His Spirit transforms us from demanding consumers to delighted contributors.
When has God ever let you down? When has He been unfaithful to even one of His promises? He may not have given you what you were looking for, but He gave you something so much better; He has given you everything that works together for your good!
God is gracious when He gives to us . . .
And also when He withholds from us.
He knows what is best, He has promised to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28), and we need to simply trust in Him.
Remember that Adam and Even tried the first self-salvation project in the Garden of Eden, and it was a catastrophic failure! But God did not leave them cowering in the shrubbery; He pursued them and promised to send them their true Savior, who would once-for-all deliver them from their self-salvation projects and their desire for building bigger barns.
Beyond bigger barns is an enlarged heart that beats for the King and the advancement of His kingdom. In remembering all that our precious Jesus has done for us and all that He has promised to do for us in the future, we are set free to let go of the stuff of this life and cling to what we have in Him and what He we will receive in eternity. At this level of living, His concerns become our concerns . . . our passion . . . our everything!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”