August 4, 2019
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Luke 12:13-21

 

“To Step Away”

“And (Jesus) said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

What makes for “the good life?”  Is it in the acquisition and storage of possessions?  Is it really true that those “who die with the most toys win?”  We often think of God extending riches and blessings toward us, but what might it mean for us to extend our riches toward God?  Perhaps “the good life” is all about sharing your resources with those in need, gathering up in order to give away, storing in order to be able to provide for others; and in doing so becoming rich toward God!”

 

“To Step Away”

      1. To Step Away

 

Too many things holding me down
Too many things keeping this bird on the ground
I hear you speak, and I look to the sky
I hear your word and I just know I have to fly

 

I pray that I might find a way
To mount on wings and fly away
I pray for the courage, to step away

 

Blessed are the poor for the kingdom is theirs
Woe is me always fighting for my share
So much to hold onto, so much power to claim
So much of nothing when you speak my name

 

I pray that I might find a way
To mount on wings and fly away
I pray for the courage, to step away

 

Just what’s become of this little blue earth
It’s fallen from creation and I’m not sure just what it’s worth
You’re calling me to leave the world behind
To find myself in you and stop wasting my time

 

I pray that I might find a way
To mount on wings and fly away
I pray for the courage, to step away

 

To step away from the subjective feel good lies
Step away from the first world boundary lines
Step away from the violence of sacrifice
Step away from the good American life
And step inside of you

 

Too many things holding me down
Too many things keeping this bird on the ground
I hear you speak, and I look to the sky
I hear your word and I just know I have to fly

 

I pray that I might find a way
To mount on wings and fly away
I pray for the courage, to step away

 

Luke 12:13-21. 13Someone in the crowd said to (Jesus,) “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

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