And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.’
Luke 12:16-18 NAS
Summing up this parable Jesus said we should give our wealth to the poor and needy before allowing our possessions to rule our thoughts and actions. His teaching that we should not be consumed with thoughts of how we will maintain and build our bank accounts, 401K’s, and mutual funds is a clarion call to focus on the imperatives of the Christian life.
We are to be watchmen waiting for the Master – “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.”Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks” (Luke 12:35-36)
If the things of this world get in the way of us seeing the important things of the Kingdom, then Jesus says we are to get rid of them. We don’t need more barns, we need all of Jesus!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
Romans 12:1 NKJV
Have you considered the truth that Paul expresses here? Many Christians readily admit that they understand the instructions to present their bodies a living sacrifice to God. The question I’m asking is, have you considered why we are to do that?
There are two clear reasons stated in this verse for presenting ourselves to God. First we are to live totally and completely for God because of His mercies toward us. The verse starts out “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God. . .” What mercies? Certainly Paul had in mind the greatest mercy of all, that God would send His Son Jesus to Calvary’s cross in our stead. In this particular context I believe Paul is referring specifically to the complete scope of God’s working in creation that he has already expounded on in chapters 1-11 of this great letter.
A second reason we are instructed to give ourselves completely to God is that it is our “reasonable service.” This is an enlightening statement to be sure. Reasonable in this passage is from a Greek word from which we get the English word logical. Thus what Paul is telling us here is that giving ourselves completely to God is logical!
Praise God for His great mercies. Let us press on in our quest to live completely and totally for God knowing that it is the most reasonable, logical thing we can do.