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Walk with Jesus. Run in faith.

Every time I read the gospels, particularly the Jesus-interaction moments, it is clear that He was very black and white about things, no grey areas. Jesus made sure that He left no room for doubt about what He was saying. In the current vernacular He was very much in your face when addressing certain matters.

Take this statement: "a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” Very direct.

Reminds me of Mr. T when he says "I pity the fool." (Here have a look).

Ready. Steady. Jump
Luke chapters 12 and 13

Now think about this.

Theme of the day: You fools! (ouch)‚Äč

Referring to the statement above, the play on words makes a strong compounded statement: that wealth on earth is ultimately worthless if one does not have a rich (cultivated, abundant, lavish) relationship with God.

The implications of this message are worth considering. Jesus did not say wealth was bad. But He made sure the hearer of His word understands that it is detrimental when wealth or earthly gain becomes all that matters in your life.

Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. (Luke 12.4) – Jesus telling us not to worry about death. Again in quite a blunt way: they can’t do anymore to you after they kill you. Well, thanks, Jesus.

But there’s that phrase: kill your body. Jesus seems to be saying that there is more to just the body. That life as He knows it might not be dependent on bodily functions. Doctor!‍

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ (Luke 12.20) – Who will get it? All that we toil for? Work for? Lose sleep for? Who will get it?

Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! (Luke 12.51) – I just want to point out that it is Jesus speaking here. He didn't come here to ruffle feathers. He came to earth so that we would not have doubt about His claims. So that we would choose. So we would take a side.

You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times. (Luke 12.56) – Oh please open our minds and hearts to see more than just our situation.