GIVING UP WORRY (LUKE 12:22–31)
My friend DW operates a local homeless shelter. Until three years ago, he didn’t draw a salary from the ministry. Even now, the ministry depends entirely on donations. Plus, DW has no health insurance or retirement plan.
DW trusted God for every penny to run the rescue mission and to meet his needs, including his need for a wife. He knew that any woman willing to be his wife would have to be willing to trust God to meet their needs as a couple.
Enter Kate. When she met DW, she was immediately attracted to him, particularly his passion for reaching out to people with the gospel. They dated long-distance for many months; then DW proposed. Because they lived in separate states, marrying DW meant that Kate would have to leave her job with a guaranteed salary, health insurance and a 401(k) plan. She wanted to say yes, but—
In Luke 12:32–34, Jesus cut to the heart of what holds many of us hostage: money and possessions. He wasn’t just talking about greed or wanting riches for prestige, but about the false sense of security money can give. We tend to feel secure when our job provides generous benefits, including insurance, retirement savings and a bonus plan; when our house keeps escalating in value; and when our investments are growing. While it’s true that God provides for his children through those means, his bounty is not limited to physical wealth.
In Luke 12:22–31, Jesus told his disciples not to worry like unbelievers do about what to wear, eat or drink. He said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes” (verses 22–23). He then told his followers to sell their possessions and give the money to the poor so they could seek a treasure in heaven that would never fail. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (verse 34).
Jesus was using hyperbole here to make a point: Everything belongs to the Father and we can trust him to provide for us—even when our earthly resources run out . . . .
When Kate turned down DW’s proposal, he was disappointed, but he understood. “Not everybody is cut out to do what I do,” he said. “It’s scary to think of trusting God this much. But God has never failed me, and I know he never will.”
As deep as Kate’s fear was of letting go of her financial lifelines, God’s grace reached deeper. After several months, she contacted DW and said that if he still wanted her, she was willing to live by faith as long as she could do it with him.
We aren’t all expected to make such choices, but we are expected to find our treasure in God, not in stuff that can only fail us.
Taken from NIV Couples’ Devotional Bible©2017 HarperCollins Christian Publishing