American Bible Society: Today’s Bible Reading LUKE 12:22-40. Sustained by God’s Word of Wisdom


September 07, 2019
LUKE 12:22-40
(Good News Translation)
Sustained by God’s Word of Wisdom
Luke 12:22-40: Jesus instructs his followers not to worry about life and assures them of the riches that are stored for them in heaven. He exhorts his followers to be watchful so that they will be found faithful when he returns.
[Jesus said]: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”
Trust in God
(Matthew 6.25-34)
22Then Jesus said to the disciples, “And so I tell you not to worry about the food you need to stay alive or about the clothes you need for your body.23Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes.24Look at the crows: they don’t plant seeds or gather a harvest; they don’t have storage rooms or barns; God feeds them! You are worth so much more than birds!25Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?26If you can’t manage even such a small thing, why worry about the other things?27 Look how the wild flowers grow: they don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers.28It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!

29“So don’t be all upset, always concerned about what you will eat and drink.30(For the pagans of this world are always concerned about all these things.) Your Father knows that you need these things.31Instead, be concerned with his Kingdom, and he will provide you with these things.

Riches in Heaven
(Matthew 6.19-21)
32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.33Sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor. Provide for yourselves purses that don’t wear out, and save your riches in heaven, where they will never decrease, because no thief can get to them, and no moth can destroy them.34For your heart will always be where your riches are.

Watchful Servants
35 “Be ready for whatever comes, dressed for action and with your lamps lit,36 like servants who are waiting for their master to come back from a wedding feast. When he comes and knocks, they will open the door for him at once.37How happy are those servants whose master finds them awake and ready when he returns! I tell you, he will take off his coat, have them sit down, and will wait on them.38How happy they are if he finds them ready, even if he should come at midnight or even later!39 And you can be sure that if the owner of a house knew the time when the thief would come, he would not let the thief break into his house.40And you, too, must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.”

Reread verses 22-31. What are your thoughts about what Jesus says? Are there things in life that you worry about? Are there worries that you can turn over to God? What is your understanding of what it means to be concerned with God’s Kingdom (verse 31)?

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