Jesus was talking to his disciples in Luke 12, and in verse 15 he warns them against the sin of greed. Jesus tells them that life is not measured by how much one owns and so his disciples are to guard against this. Jesus makes the claim that there are multiple kinds of greed, and then begins to uphold those different kinds for his disciples:
First, he tells a story about a man who had a good crop and builds bigger barns to store his harvest. The man is done working, and is ready to live the life of ease; but God comes to him and informs him that he will die and not get to enjoy his harvest. Then comes verse 21: “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Then Jesus turns to another subject…food and clothes. Jesus reminds his disciples that they are not to worry about “everyday life.” He claims that our bodies are more clothing and that our lives are more than food. After looking at the ravens who are taken care of, Jesus asks them to consider how our anxiety adds any length to their lives. But verse 26 gives us the point: “And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”
Jesus continues to talk about the lilies, they are clothed in slender and they’re flowers. Jesus asks them to consider how much God cares for them, they are more than flowers! Then, he asked then this question: “Why do you have such little faith?”
Jesus then wants to set his followers apart from those who’s preoccupation is what they need because they don’t have a Father (God) who is looking out for their needs:
29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. 32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
So, let’s see what we have here:
I have listened to Christian people who desire a revival of faith in our culture, but I often wonder how much we are willing to let go of, relinquish, or release from our grip—so that God can truly be the source and commander of our blessings. If we want to pray for revival, by all means pray, but we might want to start with our own narcissism and materialism and self-aggrandizement. God must become more, and I must become less. <—— that is a revolution in American thought! When God has the authority to tell us how to spend our money, then God is truly on the throne of our lives, where God belongs.
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.