From Luke 12-13
Jesus knows we get worried about things. He knows also that the Father provides for his people in different ways. In light of this Jesus points us towards our role in this world. When your anxious – cast your worries on him and care for the needy.
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
This is a parable I need to hear often. What about you?
22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? (Lk 12.22-26)
Jesus gets us to look around and consider how God provides for the world around us. The lesson is, if they are provided for, he will look after us as well. So don’t worry.
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (Lk 12.27-31)
Jesus makes a distinction between His people and other nations. God’s people are not to worry about these things. Rather we should ‘seek his kingdom’. What does that look like for you?
32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Lk 12.32-34)
I quite like the statement of Jesus’ where he says ‘it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom’. That is we have assurance that it will happen. Thank you Jesus for saying that. Jesus points us to our role in this world. Give to the needy.
Jesus knows we get worried about things. He knows also that the Father provides for his people in different ways. In light of this Jesus points us towards our role in this world. Caring for the needy.
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