Friday, October 7, 2016

a reminder for me, & maybe you?

This is Jesus speaking to a large crowd in what has been called by people as “The Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 6

19 "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.

20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

  22 "Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body.

When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.

23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness.

And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

  24 "No one can serve two masters.

For you will hate one and love the other;

you will be devoted to one and despise the other.

You cannot serve both God and money.

  25 "That is why I tell you don't worry about everyday life;

whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.

Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds.

They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.

And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?

27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

  28 "And why worry about your clothing?

Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.

They don't work or make their clothing,

29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

Why do you have so little faith?
(dan note: the answer to that question seems pretty straightforward – we don't believe He'll do what He says He'll do – we just don't believe, period.)

  31 "So don't worry about these things, saying,

'What will we eat?

What will we drink?

What will we wear?'

32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers,

but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,

and he will give you everything you need.

  34 "So don't worry about tomorrow,

for tomorrow will bring its own worries.

Today's trouble is enough for today.

Who, besides me, needs to hear this today on Friday, October 7?

We live in pretty perilous times. There's a whole lot of awful stuff out there, & awful people doing it.

And then Hurricane Matthew comes along!

What's the practical application for you of Jesus' mandate that we not worry about our lives?

At my age, I've got a plethora of situations to which this applies.

But essentially, is we seek God,

getting to know Him,

& allow Him to remake us in His image;

iow, let this person die that we've developed in sin & through sins,

& then let Him make us more like Him,

then more of our life will line up through His caring for us.

I've got a lot of “Yes, but” to tag on to that.

Who is it that says that if we say something, & then tag a “but” on the end of it, we've just indicated we don't really believe what we just said?

So, yeah, in all these situations in my life that worry me, & got a BIG but following my holier-than-thou attitude that God will take care of them.

And I know where all that comes from in my life – I know how to ask myself all those same probing questions I ask others to get to the bottom line.

I just needed to read these verses this morning, & once again be reminded by Jesus who's in charge.

It's hard to see that when the world around you & the circumstances of your life seem to be a both overwhelming & out of my control.

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