In Luke 12:22-32 Jesus shares some of the most comforting words in all of Scripture. Take some time to read them slowly, examining them:
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom…”
What sticks out to you about this passage? Here are some things that stick out to me…
● God is a God who cares even for the birds and the flowers! How can we possibly think that he doesn’t care about us?
● God is a God who is powerful enough to take care of us. So not only does he care about us, he is able to take care of us.
● Jesus calls us, “little flock.” We are sheep in the care of a good Shepherd who is pleased to give us the kingdom.
These are clearly amazing truths.
Now, let’s apply what we’ve read. There are many ways we can apply this passage and I invite you to take some time to think through your own applications…
But let me point out, Jesus actually gives his disciples one very important application. Picking up in verse 33:
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The King of the Universe cares about us. He invites us to cast our anxiety on him. We are sheep in the care of the Good Shepherd. And what’s Jesus’ application to all of these amazing truths?
Be Generous. Give to the needy.
So why are Christians generous? Because our God is generous to us. We practice generosity in response to the generosity we receive on a daily basis.
Christian, live in that truth today!