“For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” – Matthew 6:32
In this portion of scripture in, Matthew chapter six, we find some of the most revolutionary teachings of Jesus. It was not only revolutionary then, it still is today!
Jesus was talking about divided hearts and the hyper-focus having enough for the future. It was so much of a focus for the people of that time, they worried. They worried they would not have enough to live off of, therefore they were working solely for their future here on earth, rather than merely making a living to provide for current needs and furthering the gospel. Jesus was telling them they could not serve God and money at the same time.
Did Jesus mean that we should sit back and do nothing? Not at all! The Bible tells us if you don’t work, you don’t eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). And, it also tells us that we need to provide for our families needs (1 Timothy 5:8). What Jesus is focused on here is not what we need for today, but the worry we have for our needs for tomorrow and ten to twenty years from now.
What Jesus is forbidding here is the “multiplying barns in an attempt to provide future security independent of God.” Just read the story in Luke 12:16-21 for further information.
If your attention is on what you have built up in your 401k, real estate, savings accounts, pensions, and social security, then is your trust truly in Christ to provide? What happens when the stock market and housing markets crash? What happens when there is a “run on the bank?” What happens when that company you worked for lets you go or goes out of business? If we put all of our attention into those things, we missed the entire point of what life is all about and the central purpose for which we were made.
“God did not create us in His image with no higher destiny than that we should consume food. We are here to love, worship, and serve Him and to represent His interests on earth.” Do you trust He knows what you need for tomorrow?