Luke 12:22-34


22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 25 And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? 26 If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

Luke includes these teachings here because they tie back into the theme of money and the Christian’s relationship with it.

In contrast to the world, where you are what you produce and consume, where your value is based not on your character, but on productivity, the Christian is to realize that their value and the value of others is in who they are.

The Christian is not to be obsessed with making money or trying to attain security in a chaotic world where he lacks control of his environment, the future, and his own mortality. He is to accept that in all things, God is in control, and God will provide for his needs. He is to accept every moment as it comes and deal with it at that time, and not waste his days imagining dark futures that he must spend more time and energy warding against.

This is not saying that planning for the future is bad, but there is prudence and there is worry. Prudence is balancing your assumptions about the future with the important things of the present. Worry is obsessing about the future to the exclusion of the things that matter now.

When thoughts of the future rob you of your joy now, render you unable to enjoy your family and friends or your hobbies, you’ve moved from prudent planning into worrying.

And the message to the Christian is to not let these cares and concerns dominate your life. God is with you, and God cares for you. And other people care for you too.

To seek the Kingdom of God is to seek to do the business of the King. The business of the King is to seek and to save the lost, the outcasts, to heal the suffering, to proclaim a better Way.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

It’s funny when people talk about taking the bible literally, they usually don’t mean Luke 12:33.

But to seek the Kingdom of God means to align your priorities so that people are more important than possessions. It is the opposite of what our capitalistic culture preaches, but the rewards of treating others well and investing in them are rewards that cannot depreciate or be stolen. Even death will not deprive you of the rewards that come from acting in charity (love) to others.

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