Thursday, August 28, 2014

SERMON: Understand the purpose of your life

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 2/21/2014

Jesus always used illustrations in his teaching that were applicable to his audience.

The crowds were composed of different classes of people, including the Pharisees, who were the ruling authority at the time (very powerful and rich), as well as the rest of the people, who one might classify as the working class.

Jesus always used illustrations in his teaching that were applicable to his audience.

The crowds were composed of different classes of people, including the Pharisees, who were the ruling authority at the time (very powerful and rich), as well as the rest of the people, who one might classify as the working class.

In Luke 12, Jesus is teaching his disciples, and a crowd of several thousand people gathers. He initially address his teaching to the disciples ... until someone in the crowd says to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus then issues a stern warning to the crowd concerning greed, saying a man’s life does not consist in abundance of his possessions. He then relates this parable.

“The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my grain and my goods. And I will say to myself. ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’’” “But God said to him, ‘You fool!’ This very night your life will be demanded of you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself, but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:13-21).

Obviously this man had worked hard and was a good farmer. He would be no different than anyone of us today, who in our chosen profession has accumulated a measure of wealth. Year after year, we continue to put away wealth for that time when we, just as the man in the parable, can take our ease to eat, drink and be merry. The issue this man, as well as you and I, face is simply this: Our feelings don’t correspond with the state of our soul. In this man’s mind, he saw no need for God. His sole purpose in life was to eat, drink and be merry. It is easy for us to be blinded to the things of God by the attractions of this world.

The plan of the man in the parable was only concerned with his endeavors and purpose for his life. Until we know and understand Christ, we cannot understand the purpose for our own lives. God created each of us for His purposes. When we fail to follow Christ, our lives merely are a series of outcomes and of no value to God.

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