Wednesday, January 2, 2013

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

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.
(Luk 12:15-32)

It is easy to worry about our money.  We want to have money for everything we need, think we need, and want.  My wants occasionally slide into the “think we need” category.  Okay, occasionally may be an understatement.  What do we really need?

Reflecting on an earlier post, we don’t really need anything here.  As scary as it sounds, we can literally lose everything in this world and still be just fine.  Unemployment, loss of a home, and bankruptcy will not bar us from Heaven.  Dying of hunger, thirst, cold, heat, or even murder will not prevent us from eternity.  They’re all very short term problems, relative to forever.

But Jesus says that God will provide what we need.  It may not be all that we want or all that we even think that we need, but Jesus promises we will have what we do actually need.  It may not be what we need to fulfill our own plans, but it will be sufficient to accomplish His plans for us.

This doesn’t mean we can be lazy and sit around doing nothing waiting for God to send food.  We need to use our talents, as provided by Him, to earn a living.  But a lot of the stress associated with money would go away if we can remember that God has it covered.  He has a plan, and all the power to make it happen.

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