Sermon Introduction –
What does it mean to be “rich toward God?” God is the giver of all things and God gives freely. We are given every good gift, not to hoard them for some far-away future, but to ensure that there is enough for all. Greed is the opposite of generosity, and both Luke and the writer of Colossians remind us that to put on Christ, to be in Christ’s image, is to reflect our generous and loving God.
Introduction to our readings –
Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s supper and the encouragement of God’s word.