31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
The Message version of these words of Jesus capture what Jesus is trying to do for us. When we stop being driven by the desire to get and instead look at life as an opportunity to give it’s like receiving a new lens by which we can view every moment of every day. The rest in the story is in knowing with confidence that our heavenly Father knows what we need and he will take care of us so we can take care of others. It’s counter culture to be sure and “driven” by love (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.