I was spending some quiet time with the Lord today and I got reminded of Matthew chapter six. Verses nineteen through thirty-four speak in a comparative manner of collecting treasures on earth and laying up treasures in heaven. Jesus reminds us that God provides for us. I included the verses here because many times over the weeks I’ve sensed God reminding me to seek Him. He is the eternal reality. This life on earth is short and the older I get the more I’m aware of it.
Mat 6:19, (ESV) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
Mat 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Mat 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,
Mat 6:23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Mat 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Mat 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Mat 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Mat 6:27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Mat 6:28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
Mat 6:29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Mat 6:30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Mat 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Mat 6:32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Mat 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
When I read Proverbs, it talks disparagingly of slothfulness and it reminds people to leave an inheritance to their children. In the book of Second Thessalonians it says in the English Standard Version at 2Th_3:10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
2Th_3:11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
2Th_3:12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
The Apostle Paul is aware of Jesus’ teachings and he’s not contradicting Jesus, but he’s addressing a problem with some of the believers. They were so convinced that Jesus was returning immediately that they didn’t think they needed to work. Jesus said don’t let money be your master. Let God be your master and He will provide. One of the ways He provides is by giving us work to do so we can earn a living. I think that’s pretty clear. My husband has preached that work is not a part of the curse in the book of Genesis. The curse for farmers came after the fall in the addition of weeds and thistles and the ground not cooperating.
Even though we live in a fallen world, unlike anything at the beginning of the Creation, Jesus is saying if we seek God first then we need not worry about provision. If we focus on God first, then the earthly stuff that we need will come our way through opportunities, ideas that flourish, through gifts from others, etc. The Jewish people are God’s chosen people and one of the issues that causes jealousy against Jewish people that I’ve heard about is the fact that many worked hard, became scientists or comedians or business people and they prospered more than the rest of their neighbors. When God loves you, He likes to prosper you. Not every Jew or every Christian is rich. It can’t be that simplified, but God’s principles apply to everyone. Give and it shall be given unto you is a principle: Luke_6:38 “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
If you help the poor or give to a cause near and dear to God’s heart, He will bless you. It’s repeated in Scripture and it may be more than about money.
I’ve found Him worth seeking, anyway.
Well, I hope you are blessed today and forever.