Luke 12 – Teaching about Money and Possessions
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
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.
33 “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. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
What Matthew Henry says about the verses:
- See Parable of the Rich Fool (this is any American! We are the rich referred to…).
- Don’t get into the disquieting perplexing cares about the necessities of life (v22).
- Warning against sensual complacency in the abundance of this world’s goods.
- God, who has done greater for us – namely Jesus and salvation, may be depended upon to do the less…i.e. clothes, food, etc.
- God, who provides for the inferior creatures, may be depended upon to provide for Christians.
- Our cares are fruitless/vain/insignificant – so it is silly to indulge them when indulging them won’t fulfill them.
- An inordinate pursuit of the things of this world, even necessary things, does NOT become a Christian.
My takeaways & action items:
- Lay up treasure in heaven
- doing things for others
- selling [Poshmark]
- Less time spent perusing. God has never failed to cross my path with that which I want. Some Pinterest for ideas can be fine – but should be limited. Shopping and site perusing should definitely be limited [the eye can lust for what it doesn’t see].
- Spend more time focusing on gratitude for what I have letting gratitude in the moment linger more than excitement.
- Find better things to peruse:
- Books related to my field – work as unto the Lord
- Books related to my interests
- Inspirational Fiction
- General Fiction
- Consider my ways more – work on inner beauty
- Fitness planning
- Meal planning
- Vision Book
In short, lay my sartorial obsessions at the foot of the cross…take up mine and follow Him.