Footprints and Fathers
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Carbon Footprint: The measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in carbon dioxide.
In Luke 12, we find Jesus in conversation with people about their footprint. He wasn’t having an environmental discussion with them, per se, but Jesus was talking about consumerism. He wasn’t talking about the environmental focus, but the spiritual focus of our lives.
There are lessons we can learn today about our “footprints” that speak not only to fathers, but to all of us about faith.
Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?" And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." —Luke 12:13-21
"For a man's real life in no way depends upon the number of his possessions." —Luke 12:15 (Phillips)
This is one of the most counter-cultural statements that can be made in the context of our world today. Life is all about getting, gaining, gathering, owning and having. We live consumed with our own consumption—the accumulation of possessions. Yet, Jesus made it very simple. If our lives are about possessions, we will end up with a footprint that is faint, futile and ultimately unfulfilling.
• The Issue of Prosperity
“We are, by nature, scorekeepers… Our behavior is inevitably aimed at achieving a higher point total… upward comparison incites envy… lateral comparison incites competition… downward comparison incites arrogance.” —John Ortberg, It All Goes Back in the Box
• The Issue of Passivity
• The Issue of Purity
• The Issue of Priority
"This is our predicament. Over and over again, we lose sight of what is important and what isn’t.” —Epictetus
“But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you…’” —Luke 12:20
"Someone has altered the script. My lines have been changed… I thought I was writing this play.” —Madeleine L’Engle
In the midst of calculation, he lost sight of what was beyond his control.
“We all want God, but left to our own devises, we seek all the worldly things—possessions, money, looks, and power—because we think they will bring us fulfillment. But this turns out to be a joke because they are just props, and when we check out of this life, we have to give them back to the ‘Great Prop Master in the Sky.’ They’re just on loan. They’re not ours.” —Anne Lamott
Mr. & Mrs. Thing
MR. & MRS. THING are a very successful couple. There he is, sitting on a very expensive THING, almost hidden by a large number of other THINGS… THINGS to sit on, THINGS to sit at, THINGS to own, THINGS to eat from… all shinning and new.
… THINGS, THINGS, THINGS.
THINGS to clean and
… THINGS, THINGS, THINGS.
“So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." —Luke 12:21
What about your footprint toward God? Has your footprint been measured as to whether or not your life has been rich toward God? The Bible tells us to live any other way is to live like a fool.
We are fools when…
Walk a Little Slower
Walk a little slower, Daddy,
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Someday when I am all grown up,
And, I would want to lead just right,
This message was preached from the pulpit of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, on Sunday, June 15, 2008.
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