31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
We are in need of a fresh understanding to value what God values.
Our Lord tells us that life does not consist in an abundance of possessions (Luke 12:15). And I wonder how many of us really take His word to heart and truly make it a lifestyle choice. Nothing can be clearer here. If we are not seeking after His Kingdom, then we are seeking after our own. This approach to life has turned many believers into treasure hunters where they let personal insecurity and selfishness feed and fuel their insatiable appetite for wanting more and more.
Their driven efforts of expanding their collections lead to a paradox. They don’t become happier or feel more secure. In fact, they become more anxious (‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’) Jesus’ answer is we are not to worry because we have our loving Heavenly Father who knows what we really need. Sometimes, in the pursuit of earthly treasures, we inevitably miss all the riches God has bestowed upon us in Christ.
Jesus is your only true treasure.
When you give Jesus His rightful place in your heart, He promised to add all things to you. You can be rich and be a Christian, but you can’t worship God and money together. Truth is, you are already rich in Christ. This is because you are an heir of the Kingdom and a joint-heir with Christ—all that He has is ours! In other words, true wealth is not about having possessions. It is about possessing Jesus in your heart.
As your Source and Supply of all things, our Lord is able to graciously give you more than you need, so that you will always have a “more than enough” grace to give to others. God will sustain you beyond what you can contain. The Apostle Paul echoed this truth when he encouraged the Philippians:
19 I am convinced that my God will fully satisfy every need you have, for I have seen the abundant riches of glory revealed to me through the Anointed One, Jesus Christ!
Philippians 4:19, The Passion Translation
God in Christ will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. This demonstrates the faithful character of God, and how much He values you in Christ. The question, therefore, is not whether God can do it, but whether you can believe and trust Him to do it.
Can I recall how God unexpectedly met a need in my life?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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