Luke 12:22-23 (NIV) 22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
On verses 22-23: God gave us life not just so that we could eat. God gave us a body not just so that we fret about clothing it. God gave you life and a body so that you would live for a purpose that is much greater than material things alone, that you would know God and have a loving relationship with Him that spills over into the way you live life and love people.
Luke 12:24-26 (NIV) 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
On verses 24-26: Here we learn the first reason why we shouldn’t worry: because worry is unproductive. As Jesus says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (v25) Worrying never adds; it only takes away. Worry takes away our energy, our peace, our joy, and our worship. When we worry, we’re hopelessly trying to play God, concerning ourselves with things we can’t control, and frustrating ourselves in the process.
Luke 12:27-28 (NIV) 27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
On verses 27-28: Here we learn the second reason why we shouldn’t worry: because you have a Heavenly Father who is committed to taking care of you. If God takes good care of lesser things like ravens (v24) and lilies (v27, which Jesus calls “the grass of the field”), how much more will God make sure you are well taken care of too. So trust your Heavenly Father. When we worry, we sin against God because we’re refusing to trust in God to take care of our needs.
Luke 12:29-32 (NIV) 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
On verses 29-32: Here we learn a third reason why we shouldn’t worry: because God has given us a much better way to live than to worry. It is here that we find one of the most important and powerful promises in all the Bible: “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well” (Luke 12:31), or as Matthew 6:33 puts it, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well”. In other words, when we truly put God first, He adds to us everything we need. I’ve experienced the power of this promise over and over (and over and over!) through different chapters and areas of my life. When I choose to prioritize my GAME time with God no matter what, when I try to make decisions that I think will honour God first before I do anything else, when I plan my day and make decisions on the basis of “seek first the kingdom of God”, I find that God consistently gives me everything I need – whether it’s in time management, career planning, finances, relationships or anything else. If you build your life on this promise, you will be so blessed.
Luke 12:33 (NIV) 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
On verse 33: What does it mean to “provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out”? It means that rather than trying to establish your own kingdom on earth which will not last, live for God’s kingdom that lasts forever. Whenever you do things on earth that please God, you’re storing up treasure for yourself in heaven that will never be exhausted or taken away from you.
Luke 12:34 (NIV) 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
On verse 34: What we treasure the most is where our heart is. Jesus tells us to treat God’s kingdom in heaven as our biggest treasure, to chase God’s kingdom even while we live on this earth.
Thank You Father for making us not to be worriers in this world, but warriors in Your kingdom. I proclaim that You are my Heavenly Father who loves me and who is committed to taken care of me. So I declare that I will not worry today. Instead, may I seek Your kingdom first and find that You add everything I need. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!