The Christian Public Servant – “who really owns the assets”

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March 19, 2018 – Monday

Reading

Luke 12:33-34 [NIV] Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Reflection

If it’s not your day off, I am sure you are going to be hard at work today. I happen to work in a prison, but you may be going to work in an office or a construction site or perhaps in law enforcement. It doesn’t matter. By the time we “clock in,” our intent is to work hard all day. This is how we earn money, pay the bills, send our kids off to college, or save for the future. The money we make is surely ours since we work hard to make it. Isn’t it?

Well, scripture paints a slightly different picture. In fact, this particular scripture is the key to Jesus’ message to us. Jesus questions, who really owns the assets you and I acquire? And, where will our hearts be found?

No, today at work you should not sell everything. And you shouldn’t quit your job. Jesus does not want your family to join the ranks of the poor. But he does what you to scrutinize the condition of your heart, and then be faithful to the mission to which you are called.

Before work, during work, after work – how will you give to the poor? The economic poor. The spiritual poor. Your coworker with a poor heart. Even if it’s your day off, what assets will you use? Your time? Your money? Prayer is important, but Jesus wants to see what kind of purse you have – an earthly purse or an eternal purse. Will your heart belong to Jesus?

Today decide, who really owns the assets you acquire. Make sure your purse does not wear out before eternity. Know where your treasure lies, that is where He will find your heart.

Prayer

Father, all that I acquire, I acquire because of You. Today at work, help me find ways to help the poor in need – physical need, financial need, spiritual need. The poor in heart. It all comes from Your treasure, which is where I want You to find my heart. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
Chaplain
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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