August 4th, 2019 (8th Sunday after Pentecost) : “Seek The Things That Are Above”
Main Text: Colossians 3:1-11 (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23; Luke 12:13-21)
God’s love is going to be the basis of our lives, then we need to seek the
things that are above. Too often we make what we have already the basis of our
lives, but these things are not capable of sustaining or supporting us through
the challenges and dangers we face. When the stress of life comes, we have to
protect these things, rather than they protect us. We sacrifice what is most
important to protect and defend what is ultimately unsustainable and finite.
The reading from Ecclesiastes is a reflection of the despair that can happen
when we realize that what we have built our lives upon is but shadow and dust.
It is vanity to think that anything we have acquired, created or built will
offer us permanent and lasting security or peace. In a time when storage units
are popping up all over the place, Jesus points out in the Gospel of Luke the
futility of holding on. Instead, we are to seek the things that are above. What
do you need to let go of and get rid of in your life so that you are free to
seek the things that are above?