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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
The Tin Can

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Luke 12:13-34 KJV
(13) And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
(14) And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
(15) And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
(16) And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
(17) And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
(18) And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
(19) And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
(20) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
(21) So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
(22) And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
(23) The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
(24) Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
(25) And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
(26) If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
(27) Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
(28) If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
(29) And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
(30) For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
(31) But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(32) Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
(33) Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
(34) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

I watched a video online the other day of story of minister child that was fully grown, old and homeless. Someone drop a valuable item in his tin can only to come in search of the valuable, which he still had a few days later. The man seemed happy with what he received from whoever passed by. He was unable to work and just sitting on the city street begging for money. He seem to have knowledge of God and values of Christ center life, yet what he did not seem to have was things of this world. I began to wonder about the one thing did giving up the comfort of a home either by choice, or by necessity caused this man to make the concert his pillow. Not knowing the man I could not ask, not being where I could speak to him myself only made me wonder a little bit more, why the man did not seek the church for perhaps a homeless shelter and a cot.

The common sense of this world says to be like squirrels, gather your nuts, store them in a tree and eat on it all winter. Yet God word says to seek Him first and these things should be added to you. I can help but wonder if life had not dealt the person on the street just a bad lot it does seem to happen or if seeking God and His righteousness had placed him in a place where he could be helpful to others in his position. He did not seem to be under fed, or lack clothing, but the thought of seeking God first kept haunt me. If I believe Jesus words are true then I can sell everything, give to the poor and I be wealthy in the things of heaven. I have to rely on my daily food in our world from others if I do not work. That anger more people then it would make them happy. Yet the choice of working is not always an ability.

The question then is if I sought Godís kingdom and have not did I fail at seek Godís kingdom by the last few verses posted. How far did Jesus expect his disciples to go. Jesus sent his disciples into the world and they were persecuted for faith. They were sent into the highways and by only to come back with people seeking Jesus as long as Jesus walked this earth.

A rich manís brother wanted his brother to share his wealth, his money. His brother built a store house and put more in it, only to have his barns burnt to the ground and God required his soul. God asked why he did not share what he had. When is sharing and being demanded to share in conflict. I can not share what I do not have. I can not borrow for someone else. I can not gain to sow for another.

What is Jesus really saying seek Godís kingdom. Seek the ways of God first and other things will come. One thing you can take in this life is Jesus with you in your heart. He is the lightest thing you will carry in your heart. The knowledge and wisdom of God comes without a price. Seeking God first takes no time at all. Learning about Godís righteousness, it learning about faith in God. Godly righteousness can not come without faith in the almighty God and His word. The one thing you can carry with you do not throw out the window with the first mishap, or storm in life, because God will carry you through the storm. Had the man with the tin cup learned hope despite his circumstances or ability. I have no clue. Yet to be rich in this world is to know Jesus, but to be rich in this world by the worldís standard is to have more then one house or bank account.

The wealth of the things you can created in this world is not going to pay your way into heaven. The wealth of this world is not going to save your soul because you can not take it with you. Adam was placed in the garden of Eden but only to need a wife to help him there. He walked and talked with God but needed a companion. He needed someone like himself. God provided a wife that would take him further from God then he ever would want to go, for he got kicked out of paradise. Our desires are not always going to keep us where we ought to be with God. Our desires can take us far from God even if they be in the will of God for our life. If Adam had understood the value of Godís command would he had eaten the fruit his wife gave him. Are we seeking God only to gain, or seeking God for the wealth of knowledge of who He is to be able to serve Him. When we serve God, we reap the reward of life of service to God in the end. When we believe in Godís word and Christ Jesus our eternity is then secure, whether in this life we are rich or poor. What happened to the man with valuables in his cup, he was rewarded for return the item to the original owner.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the value of seeking your kingdom to know you is far richer then any gold we can have. May the way you choose to bless us only remind us of what we truly have when we trust you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:John 6:26-27 KJV
(26) Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
(27) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

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