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Roy Disney, co-owner of the Disney Empire once said, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” That statement has some truth in it. It is why Jesus urges us to adopt kingdom values. He cites some of them in Luke 6. He said to His disciples, “God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh.” Then He said, “What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger awaits you.” Jesus urges us to adopt values that take into account both the present and the future. He’s not condemning wealth nor glorifying economic poverty but tells us that people poor in spirit realize how dependent they are upon God, and they entrust their lives to Him—both their current needs and their future destiny. To many people, a blessed person is one who has a sizable bank account, a well-paying job, good health, well-adjusted children, and a peaceful community. Of course, these are all desirable. But whatever our present situation is, Jesus urges us to plan for our future. That’s because one day, this life will end. And He knows that only those in union with God by faith in His Son can expect a blessed life beyond the grave.

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