Luke 12:32-59 The Message Bible

Treasure in Heaven

32  Don't be afraid of missing out. You're my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. 33  "Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can't go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. 34  It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

Watchful Servants

35  "Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! 36  Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. 37  Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He'll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them. 38  It doesn't matter what time of the night he arrives; they're awake - and so blessed! 39  "You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn't have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. 40  So don't you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don't expect him, the Son of Man will show up."

The Unfaithful Servant

41  Peter said, "Master, are you telling this story just for us? Or is it for everybody?" 42  The Master said, "Let me ask you: Who is the dependable manager, full of common sense, that the master puts in charge of his staff to feed them well and on time? 43  He is a blessed man if when the master shows up he's doing his job. 44   45  But if he says to himself, 'The master is certainly taking his time,' begins maltreating the servants and maids, throws parties for his friends, and gets drunk, 46  the master will walk in when he least expects it, give him the thrashing of his life, and put him back in the kitchen peeling potatoes. 47  "The servant who knows what his master wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed. 48  But if he does a poor job through ignorance, he'll get off with a slap on the hand. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!

Jesus the Cause of Division

49  "I've come to start a fire on this earth - how I wish it were blazing right now! 50  I've come to change everything, turn everything rightside up - how I long for it to be finished! 51  Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I've come to disrupt and confront! 52  From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be - Three against two, and two against three; 53  Father against son, and son against father; Mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; Mother-in-law against bride, and bride against mother-in-law."

Discerning the Times

54  Then he turned to the crowd: "When you see clouds coming in from the west, you say, 'Storm's coming' - and you're right. 55  And when the wind comes out of the south, you say, 'This'll be a hot one' - and you're right. 56  Frauds! You know how to tell a change in the weather, so don't tell me you can't tell a change in the season, the God-season we're in right now.

Agree with Your Adversary

57  "You don't have to be a genius to understand these things. Just use your common sense, 58  the kind you'd use if, while being taken to court, you decided to settle up with your accuser on the way, knowing that if the case went to the judge you'd probably go to jail 59  and pay every last penny of the fine. That's the kind of decision I'm asking you to make."

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