Luke 12. Forum Discussion

Chapter 12 begins with Jesus warning His disciples to, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Hypocrisy is defined as, “The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.” The Pharisees could quote all the correct scripture, but Jesus knew of their evil hearts and intentions. God wants us to be honest and truthful in everything that we do. Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.”

Later in verse 15, Jesus warns His disciples to, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed.” This comes down to a fundamental choice that we all must make. Are we going to serve God? Or are we going to serve money? In Mathew 6:24, Jesus tells us, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” There is room for both, but at the heart of the question is where are our priorities? When push comes to shove, are we about serving God, or about pursuing money and the pleasures of this world? God knows where we stand on this issue. As it says in verse 2 of this chapter, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” 

Beginning in verse 35, Jesus tells His disciples to be on the alert for His return. “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.  Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.  Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.”

Once again it comes down to the question, “What are our priorities in life?” God wants to know that He comes first in our lives. Not just in our hearts and in our thoughts, but in our actions. When we put God first, everything will work out just fine. As it says in Mathew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Amen