Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” —Hebrews 13:5
Can there be sweeter words than these? “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” And how sweet that this is the motivation we have to pry ourselves away from the love of money and give our lives over entirely to a trusting relationship with God. Because God is here, always.
Remember the teachings of Jesus about trust, accumulation, and generosity we looked at over the past few days? Jesus goes on to encourage His listeners with a better way to live, the Kingdom way. This narrow path is still open to us today, still the path towards trust in God. Let’s listen in:
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:22-34)
Questions for reflection and discussion: How does God’s presence, and His Kingdom, free you to trust fully? What would change in your life if you reoriented your vision to the Kingdom, rather than worry?
Church Bible Reading Plan: 2 Samuel 10; 2 Corinthians 3