Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost

We Keep Our Treasures Safe in Heaven

Luke 12: 32 - 40

Matthew 6: 19 - 21

Mark 13: 33 - 37


We are perhaps more familiar with the passage from Matthew, but Luke has a great deal to say to us.

What are our favorite treasures on earth? How do we care for them and keep them safe?

And how can we change them into a form that can be kept safe in heaven?

Jesus' great gift to us may be that he asks us to translate the care and concern we have for earthly things into the same depth of caring for spiritual things.

This is a good day to sing, "Have No Fear, Little Flock" (Lutheran Book of Worship 476).

When the master of the household returns to host his slaves at his table, we are reminded again of the host of the feast of fat things, the host at the full table fellowship of Holy Communion.

1. What does God want to give us?

[God wants to give us the kingdom of heaven.]

2. What does God want us to give?

[God wants us to give our possessions to the poor people.]

3. Where should we place our real treasures?

[We should place our treasures in heaven.]

4. What does Jesus say our hearts will do?

[Jesus says our hearts will follow our treasures wherever we put them.]

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