What is the difference between anxiety and attention?
At what point does our thinking and planning become worrying and obsessing?
- 13–14 - The subject of possessions was brought up to Jesus.
- The man veiled his motives behind the idea of being reasonable and seeking justice.
- It was not out of line for the man to seek a judge or arbitrator for his dispute. Jesus is the true judge and arbitrator - Luke 12:51, 57–59
- Jesus refused to be involved because the man’s heart was out of line.
- 15–21 - Jesus rebukes the foolishness of obsessing over worldly possessions.
- Jesus warned of coveteousness.
- The parable exposes the folly of living life from only an earthly perspective - Proverbs 23:4 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
- There is no security apart from God.
- 22–28 - Jesus commands us not to worry about our necessities.
- The value and meaning of life is greater than its basic necessities.
- Jesus applied God’s provision of the raven to show how He will provide for us.
- Jesus demonstrated the futility of worrying about circumstances we cannot change.
- Jesus related the splendor of lilies to the quality of life God provided Solomon.
- The problem is not our lack of knowledge or control over the circumstances. Jesus said the problem is our lack of faith in God who is in control of all our circumstances and He knows what He’s doing!
- 29–31 - Jesus commands us not to seek after the things we think are necessary.
- Eating and drinking are necessary but God’s people are not to fixate over it.
- Earthly people are obsessed with their earthly lives as if that’s all they have.
- The Lord can be trusted to provide what He determines is necessary for us - Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
- Jesus commands His people to be fixated and obsessed with the coming kingdom!
- 32–34 - Jesus commands us not to fear from having any lack of God’s provision.
- The Father has no reluctance or restrictions to His grace (generous giving).
- Faith rises above logic and circumstances to overcome fear.
- Be unattached, be generous, and be free from hoarding.
- The location of ones treasure determines its value.
Will you allow God to determine your needs are and then trust Him to provide them? And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19