He 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 clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. (Luke 12:22-31, NRSV)
What are you working towards?
Clothing, shelter, food…
This is a hard one. Because honestly over the past couple weeks I have been thinking about and trying to figure out how to get a motorcycle, and actually a Can-Am Spider Bike, kind of like the one pictured above. I have wanted one of these since they came out, but it really doesn’t work in the budget. So I guess one could say that I am striving for a bike.
And that is why I say it is hard, because in the grand scheme of things that motorcycle is not needed, and is not something I think God would give to me.
But the verse tells us to strive for, or work towards, the kingdom of Go. Our good works do not obtain heaven for us, but if we are constantly seeking His will and following where He is leading us, we will be moving the kingdom of God forward here in this place and we will be striving for the kingdom. And through this we will have what we need.
So like the birds of the air and the flowers of the field God will take care of us.
So I will work on striving for the kingdom and not for a cool bike, even though I really would like one!