Summary: Being an Authentic Follower of Jesus: Treasuring What is Important in Life

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Being an Authentic Follower of Jesus:

Treasuring What is Important in Life

Luke 12:22-34

1. Do Not Fear in the Midst of Uncertainty (vs. 22-30)

Jesus just finished telling a story about the man who was a fool because he was greedy because he was not rich toward God. Jesus now turns to his disciples, who at this point are a bit nervous about this story because they have left everything to follow him. Worry arises when we are fearful over the uncertainty of our future. Fear and worry are closes cousins. Jesus tells his disciples not to fear for three reasons:

Life is more than the essentials – what we wear and eat. He is hinting at what he will make more clear is that kingdom life, Spirit given life, is more important than this earthly life. The kingdom brings life so the king is where I should focus my attention. If the majority of your energies are directed toward this life then your energies are misdirected and you are foolish.

ESV Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone.'"

ESV John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Second, God is faithful to care for you, his children. The ravens neither sow nor reap; neither do they store away food in barns yet God is faithful to feed and provide for them. Ravens were unclean and despised birds, insignificant in the scope of things yet God faithfully cares for them. You are much more valuable than a bird because you are his children (v. 30). This is not academic, this is practical. Third, worry is futile and foolish – it does not bring about its intended result. Fear gives birth to worry because we do not believe that God will be faithful to take care of us so we need to take care of ourselves. That is a lie. God has committed himself and his reputation on his care of us - I will be with you to the end of the age. Consider the lilies of the field. They do not spin toil yet God richly clothes them. In other words, God is sovereign and rules and orders the world and makes sure creation is cared for and you are much more valuable to me than birds and flowers, which are hear today and gone tomorrow.

Fear, worry, anxiety clouds our thinking so that we do not think God is at work or do not see him at work. The point so far is that God is faithful; God cares for us; God will provide for us. So do not be a thing seeker but be a kingdom seeker.

Thing seeking exposes a foolish heart that trusts in things and not trusts in King Jesus. Jesus again goes beyond the superficial – fear and worry - and performs heart surgery. Jesus knows the questions going through their minds, their fears and uncertainties, so he reminds them that God, their Father, is good and will take care of them. He is committed to them so they and we do not need to be greedy, seek things.

2. Be a Kingdom Seeker not a Thing Seeker (vs. 31-34)

The basis for fearless living is that God is there for us

ESV Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

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