Reading: Luke 12:22-34
And he said unto his disciples, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
In the last passage, we saw how the Lord called us to examine the things to which we cling in this world. In this passage, Jesus talks to us about the other side of this very thing. The center of the question is where we put our trust.
We can trust in ourselves, in what we achieve, in what we have, in our authority or power, but we will never have enough, we will never be secure (and the one who experiences security is deceiving himself), because everything passes, except the Eternal God.
Can we shape our own destiny? Can we decide the hour of our death, for example? We don’t even know what can happen to us in the next 10 minutes. That’s why the Lord tells us to watch how God sustains his creation. The lilies of the field, the plants, they all depend on Him.
How much more will He take care of us, who were made for His Glory, in His image and likeness. Do not fear, He cares for you.
The Word of the Lord tells us that the righteous will live by faith. That means that we are saved by faith, but it also means that we live by faith every day. How do we live by faith? We have to trust God, fully and completely.
We work and strive for our necessities (it is our responsibility), but we know that our greatest treasure is in Heaven.
And thus we can say with Paul that we can do everything through Christ, in health and sickness, in abundance and want, because our eyes are fixed on a greater reward.
The question stays the same… To what do you cling? Where is your treasure? What rules your heart?
One way or another, our life, our attitude, our actions, are going to show if we are clinging to the vanity of the world, living lives filled with anxiety, or if we are resting in the Lord.
MEDITATE: Do not fear, little flock, because our Father has decided to give you the Kingdom.
Translation By: Emily Stader