by Bill Spaans:
In chapter 12 Dr. Luke presents us with some of the best loved sayings of Jesus. Here are some of them:
- vs. 7 “– the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid—”
- vs. 15 “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
- vs. 22“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
- vs. 25“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”
- vs. 27 “Consider then how the wildflowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”
- vs. 31 “seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
- vs 34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
- vs. 48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
The central message of this chapter is clear – it speaks of the material and the spiritual, of worldly pursuits and godly purposes. We are enticed everyday to have this or that and to look after number one, and to build bigger barns to store it all in. But Jesus says, “do not be anxious about your life…Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”
This is a strong message for us during these trying times – Jesus says we should cast our cares on Him because He loves us! The Reformers did well when they started the Heidelberg Catechism with question and answer number one:
Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him. So in these unsettled times let us try to worry less, and instead rejoice in the fact that we too belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to our faithful Savior, Jesus Christ And to God be the glory!