The blessings of belonging
Luke 12: 27-34
Jesus explained - “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, 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?
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 vs27 - 34 (New Living Translation)
Does my heart belong to you, or my i-Phone 6 ?
Is my treasure in heaven, or on the bed-side table ?
Lord, you really know how to challenge me ! We all need certain things to go about our lives – I admit some of them are luxuries, but they help me to do what I need to do.
Forgive me, Lord, I’m very good at justifying the things I have : the clothes and possessions I’ve collected which somehow define who I am and what I do.
Thank you for pointing out that I put real value on ‘the desires of my heart’, and I need to make sure that these desires are focussed on you, not physical things which fade from fashion or get broken.
It’s hard, Lord, to fight against the fashions of this world.
Help me to see how their value fritters away, and inspire me
to spend more effort on the things of the Kingdom.
Thank you for providing for my daily needs, and help me to see the difference between what I need and what I want.
May I experience the unique sense of contentment which true treasures of life bring, an inner peace which endures beyond the enjoyment of ‘things’.