What Happened To Your Family?

“Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”  Luke 12:13

The moment could not have been, on this side of eternity, any sadder than when the man said, ‘My wife and I are no longer together.’  These words always send shock waves up and down the spine of any God-called pastor.  In my 20 years of ministry, it never gets easy and it never stops.

This mornings More For Christ readings, Lk 12:13-40, begin with a challenging question for Jesus.  Apparently there was trouble in the family.  I don’t know if the parents had died or if in the case of the prodigal Son, Luke 15, if the son’s were receiving their inheritance before their death.  One thing was for sure, “There was unhealthy conflict.”

Jesus responds with an illustration, Vs: 15-20 that illustrates the foolishness of humanity in striving and fighting to get what they want out of life.  In the end Jesus says, “Fool this night your soul will be required of you, and then whose things shall these be after you.” 

In Jesus teaching we see a much better way of living life than with struggling for the trinkets of life.  Jesus teaches his disciples, “To strive for true wealth in this life.”  You ask what is true wealth, “Seek the kingdom of God.”  One who seeks God’s kingdom will find his or her reward waiting for them in heaven.

This past week my wife and I celebrated 20 years as a married couple.  I can honestly say, the first few years were great and then came the hard moment.  In this moment we both had to either chose to chase our wishes or chase God’s wishes.  14 years later, we are so thankful that God taught us to seek the kingdom of God.

Now we have one daughter who has finished her sophomore year in college and one son headed to his senior year as well as a 10-year-old headed to youth group for the first time.  Now more than ever we need to seek first God’s kingdom because soon our family will be multiplied in the world.

Our belief that seeking God’s kingdom will pay off.  We know that God will do great things so that the word will ask, “What happened to your family.”  When they do we want to say, “Jesus happened to our family!!!”  Oh how I pray this for your family as well.

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