“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing…. So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:22-23, 32, NLT).
Jesus told a parable about greed to a crowd of people (vs. 12:13-21). Then, in stark contrast to the greed story, Jesus turned to His disciples and proceeded to tell them not to worry about their daily needs for life, specifically food and clothing, because God will provide everything they need.
Jesus said that ravens don’t plant or harvest crops yet they have enough food (vs. 24). He said King Solomon was never dressed as beautifully as a lily (vs. 27).
Jesus concluded that if God takes care of both the birds and flowers, how much more will He take care of human beings (vs. 28).
What’s interesting is after Jesus admonishes His disciples to quit worrying about their basic needs for life, He indicts them for a lack of faith.
Jesus links worry to faith! In other words, when you worry you are demonstrating a lack of faith.
So, worry is a faith matter! And, the best way to reduce or eliminate worry from your life is to build your faith in God.
And the way to build your faith in God is to seek His Kingdom more than you seek the necessities of life.
As a result of seeking God’s Kingdom first each day, your daily needs (and more!) will be supplied as a result or benefit of seeking His Kingdom (vs. 31).
When your main priority is seeking the Kingdom of God, the other work you undertake each day will serve to supplement your main vocation of building God’s Kingdom.
And then you won’t have to worry about all your other needs because you belong to God and He takes care of you by blessing what you do.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, NLT)
Steve, This is a good word for the day and a blessed reminder to keep God first in all we do. Thank you for sharing your faith.
Thanks for reading Joanne.
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