Pentecost 12
August 26, 2001
Luke 12:32-40
"Your Faith is Showing!"

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INTRODUCTION: If it is true faith it will show!  No one can hide it. It one has it, one would not want to hide it. As the old gospel song suggests "hide it under a bushel NO! I'm gonna let it shine…" There are church folk who are not sure that they have faith. They know they should have, would like to be sure they have it, and feel the need for even more faith. In today's Gospel lesson we can test ourselves to see if in deed we really do have faith or just think we have faith.

1. YOUR FAITH IS SHOWING WHEN you receive the kingdom, v. 32 -… Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

The Kingdom of God is not earned as if it were the result of some reward. It is not payment for services rendered. It is certainly not a commodity or a service, which can be bought or purchased at a store or business… It is received as a gift. Jesus said: "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!"  In short, the Kingdom of God comes indeed without our prayer. It comes in the form of a gift. This gift is received by faith. The beauty to behold is it is the Father's good pleasure to give it to us as a gift. This is a true sign that your faith is showing when you know that all that you have comes from the Father as a gift.

2.  Your faith is showing when you seek spiritual values - vv. 33-34 – “ sell that which ye have, and give alms; make for yourselves purses which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief draweth near, neither moth destroyeth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. It takes faith to be less concerned about accumulating spiritual treasure than earthly goods.” 

Last Sunday's lesson focused on the values, which we hold that make up the substances of our life. Jesus continues on this theme by telling us our chief focus must be on spiritual values as our chief priority..

It takes faith to be less concerned about accumulating earthly goods then spiritual treasures.  Jesus reminds us your heart will always be where your riches are. What if you lost everything - what if it was all stolen or taken away - would your life be over? Lay up treasure - spiritual treasure - treasures in heaven = where they will never decrease; because no thief can get to them and no moth can destroy them. When we seek spiritual values as our first priority our faith will certainly be showing         

3.  Your faith is showing as you watch and wait for Christ's return - vv.35-40 – “ Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning; and be ye yourselves like unto men looking for their lord, when he shall return from the marriage feast; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may straightway open unto him. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and shall come and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have left his house to be broken through. Be ye also ready: for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.  Before you will prepare, you must first believe Christ is coming soon.

"I'm ready for a son rise!" That's a phrase used in this community of believers when a person is ready to leave this world to meet the Savior in glory. Are you ready for a Son rise? Are you ready to meet the Savior face to face? Before you can be prepared, according to Jesus' own words, you must first believe Christ is returning and coming soon.  Could Christ return tonight? Do you really believe it? If you do your faith is showing!

CONCLUSION:  Your faith is showing! It is showing as you've been received into the kingdom as you continue to seek spiritual values; as you patiently watch and wait for Christ's return. Come Lord Jesus - come even today! Amen!

+ Soli Deo Gloria +