Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-34
In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells a parable about a rich fool who stored up for himself barn-fulls of treasure on earth instead of in heaven. When his time on earth came to an end, he missed an eternal reward because he was too focused on earthly rewards.
After Jesus finished this parable, He shares an incredible truth in verse 22-23: “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.”
Before we focus on what Jesus is saying here, it’s important to recognize what He is not saying. He did not say it’s wrong to enjoy food or go shopping for some new clothes. He isn’t saying it’s wrong to have a retirement plan or savings account. Let’s examine His words closely again.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life.” Worry is the root issue Jesus is addressing in these Scriptures.
In verses 29-31, He confirms this by saying, “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 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.”
What “things” is He talking about? He’s referring to food and clothing which represents our basic needs. He says the pagan is the one who runs around seeking more money, better clothes, a bigger house, more ‘stuff’ in this life. But that pursuit will always leave you empty handed in.
Jesus goes on in verse 34 to say, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In other words, if you treasure money, your heart will be set on money. And if your heart is set on money, your life will reflect it through greed, worry, and anxiety (Proverbs 27:19).
However, if we treasure Jesus, our heart will be set on Him. And if our heart is set on Him, our life will reflect this through a life lived according to His Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
So, do not worry about this life. Cast your cares upon Him and rest in His promises. God provides for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. He knows your every need and will provide you with it when you seek His Kingdom (Luke 12:31).
- Where are you storing your treasure? Is it on earth or is it in heaven?
- Are you willing to replace the pursuit of temporary treasure for eternal rewards? What does this look like practically in your life?
- Is there an area of worry in your life you need to surrender to God?
- How does what you treasure reflect the degree to which you are living a fully surrendered life?
*Devotional contributed by Matt Pshock