Luke 12: 27-31
[Jesus said] “Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. But I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was dressed like one of these. If this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will he clothe you, you of little faith? Do not constantly chase after what you will eat or what you will drink. Do not be worried about it. To be sure, the nations of the world chase after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need them. Instead, continue to seek the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for providing all that we need. We can become fixated on what we do not have and lose sight of what you have given us. Jesus used this example of our wardrobes and the weeds of the fields to help us understand how you care for us. We look at a meadow full of flowers, and we might marvel at the colors, and Jesus explains this is how you dress them; you provide what they need. Likewise, you provide everything our physical bodies need to wear, eat, and drink, sustaining us while we are on this earth. So, we should not worry because you got this. So we ask for your forgiveness when we fixate on our physical needs.
Jesus said to be concerned about our spiritual needs, dressing and feeding our souls. Jesus removed all our sins when he suffered and died on the cross; he paid for every sin. We are clothed in his righteousness and perfection. Through faith, we receive the gift of your kingdom because Jesus suffered and died restoring us to you. Our faith is fed and strengthened through your word and sacraments. We chase after your kingdom through these means, so please feed us with your word today.
Use us to point others towards your kingdom. Grant us opportunities to share the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection with them so they will not worry about what they wear, eat, or drink. So that they will not only seek but will find your kingdom and you. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Life is only 70, 80, 90, or 100 years; it is only a moment compared to eternity—eternal damnation or life. The entrance to eternal life is found in Jesus. Faith in Jesus and the forgiveness he won restores you to God, eternal life, and salvation.