“And do not seek what you should eat or drink, nor have an anxious mind.” – Luke 12:29
We all have responsibilities. As adults, we must provide for our family and those who own businesses must provide for their employees and their families. Naturally, we want to make as much as we can to provide all the best things. After all, God would want us to have the best, right? Of course! But He wants us to have His best, not the world’s best. Think about it!
Of this verse, the King James version says, “taking thought.” Anxiety is worry and double mindedness and distraction from what is truly important. It is “taking thought” and putting it off of God and onto money, food and clothing. Not that those things are not important, they are. Again, at what cost?
You may be thinking “well, I’m not greedy, I just want to provide for my family.” I hear you, I feel the same way as a husband, father and employer. However, if not carefully watched, we can gain an unhealthy view of responsibility and it can easily turn into worry. The thin line between the two can easily become blurry.
It has been said, “There is a difference between a godly sense of responsibility and an ungodly, untrusting worry. However, an ungodly, untrusting sense of worry usually masquerades as responsibility”.
Are you worried about retirement? You should not be. Do you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, shoes on your feet, and a roof over your head today? Then God has provided for you. Now, go share the gospel today and store your treasure in heaven “where moth and rust will not destroy!” Oh, and read Luke chapter 12 today…you won’t regret it!
“Greed and worry are closely connected. Greed can never get enough, worry is afraid it will never have enough-neither have their eyes on Jesus.” – David Guzik