Passage: 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.
This week we discussed worry and why we should trust the Lord to take care of us. When sharing this with his disciples, Jesus compared them to ravens which were deemed as an ordinary and unclean bird at the time, yet God still feeds them. He also compared wild flowers to Solomon (who was the son of David and one of the richest kings); the beauty of God’s handcrafted wild flowers could not be matched with even the large amount of riches that Solomon had. We also discussed the significance of the Father knowing what we need, as He is all-knowing and of course knows that we need food, water, shelter, clothes, air (oxygen?), etc. to function. He knew what we needed before He created us. We only think we know what we need, but how can we know our needs better than the One who knows every detail of our future?
Not only does he use these examples to convince the disciples to not worry, but he also challenges them to a change of heart that is free of worry. We especially focused the last line, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We first discussed whether our treasure or our heart was determined first, and just as the chicken and the egg, we concluded that it is just a cycle with no set beginning. However, there will be some effort required to overcome the sinful nature of our hearts and put our treasure in something that will last forever. It won’t come easily because it is difficult for us to fathom the idea of eternity as well as the idea that God will meet all of our needs, but it will be worth it in the end.
To apply this to our lives we talked about where our treasure lies right now (jumping off the vulnerability cliff) and also ways that God has provided for us in the past, often times in ways that we didn’t expect. Ultimately we don’t need to worry about all of things we do, as college students especially, because God knows our needs and what is best for us. He does not hold out on what is best for us, we only need to trust Him in that.
Also, let’s just take a moment to appreciate that Jesus calls the disciples “little flock.” 🙂