Monday, November 2, 2009

You're my dearest friends!

Jesus is doing a lot of teaching. Today he is talking about fussing over food, or clothes, or appearance or money.

22 -24He continued this subject with his disciples. "Don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.
25 -28"Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can't even do that, why fuss at all?
Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers.
They don't fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it?
The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
29 -32"What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don't be afraid of missing out."

Jesus assures us that the heavenly Father wants to care for every detail of our lives.

"You're my dearest friends!
The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself."

So instead of fussing about provision, revel in God's goodness. Give to the needy. Invest in the heavenly kingdom.

33 -34 "Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can't go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on."

Why would we do this?

"It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being."

Do you want to revel in Wall Street?
Or the heavenly streets?

Don't fuss. You're my dearest friends...

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