And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things.These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Luke 12:29-34
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture dovetails wonderfully with the one from yesterday. In the story from yesterday the rich man said, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!” The rich man’s primary focus for his life was the desire, pursuit, and accumulation of wealth. His “concern” for having “enough” is over, so now he can take it easy (rest) and do whatever he wants with the remainder of his life.
Our passage above begins with Jesus telling us not to be “concerned.” But we are concerned and we are not unfamiliar with the appeal of getting to the spot where our “concern” for having “enough” is over and we can take it easy (rest). When it comes to money, wealth, riches, possessions, and all such things (food, clothing, shelter), Jesus gives us a different path from that of the world. We are to turn to our Heavenly Father and entrust to him all our concerns about having enough. When we do this, we will be at rest concerning money, etc.
When we come to this point, we will be able to proceed down the path of devotion to God and his kingdom. Our Heavenly Father will be in charge of what is “enough” and we will want “only” the life situation from which we can best live fully for God and the advancement of his kingdom here on earth. We will not be afraid at all because God will have given us the happiness that comes from “kingdom” living. We can even welcome the opportunity to reduce the parameters (“sell your possessions”) of our life situation in order to meet the needs of others.
Real treasures come from “kingdom living” and they are stored in Heaven permanently. Remember, “wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I realize I cannot have it both ways. I choose you and your kingdom above all else. My life situation is yours and I await your guidance concerning it. I believe that true happiness and real and permanent treasure comes from “kingdom living.” I look forward to all that awaits me on the path of devotion to you and your kingdom. Amen!
Posted on Wed, January 27, 2016
by Alan Porter