22And 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. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider 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! 25And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27Consider 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. 28But 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! 29And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
32“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell 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. 34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Tomorrow marks the start of a new year. Are you worried about anything? There are so many variables to think about. If we’re honest, we don’t have a lot of control over anything.
That’s what this passage is about. Jesus is saying: “yes, there is a lot to worry about, but is that going to change anything?” Instead, Jesus asks us to put our faith in God: “Seek first His Kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” Every day, we can either worry about the things of this world or we can trust God, who is in control of everything.
Thought for Today: The antidote for worry is to focus on to the Kingdom of God. To do that, we invest in other people. We tell others about the hope we’ve found in Jesus and we provide for the needs we see in our community. When we do that, fear is dispelled, God provides what we need, and we store up a spiritual significance that will last for eternity.
What are you going to do in 2018 to focus on God’s kingdom?
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, may we be all about advancing Your kingdom. Help us to rest in You as we invest in others and may You be glorified above all else. Amen!