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God Cares, No Really He Does!

We all know the story. It happens in homes all over the world. It happens almost daily. It’s the simple story of when the newest greatest toy, game system, or clothing item comes out. The children of the house want it. They want it so bad that they can taste it. The parents take a look at the price tag, snicker, and say no. Then it comes, the ultimate play by the children of the home.

“You don’t love me. You don’t care about me.”

The game is on. How do the parents respond? What do they do? Do they give in? Do they stand firm?

Do you want to know a secret? We do this all the time with God. We don’t get what we want and so we don’t think that God cares about us.

Check out this passage from Luke,

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:13-34 ESV)

This passage comes right after Jesus talks about the leaven of the Pharisees and how we need to be most concerned about fearing God (respect, reverence, and honor) as opposed to people. Here Jesus shifts to the issue of covetousness. We want what we don’t have, we know we don’t have it because someone else does. When we realize that we don’t have it, it creates worry and anxiety in us.

I love how Jesus drives home his point at the end, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Are we OK with receiving the Kingdom of God?

Think about this for a minute. It is the Father’s good pleasure good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Oh, and he’ll make sure that we are clothed and fed. Why? Because he cares about every bit of who and what we are. If we’re experiencing worry and anxiety it’s because we are like the little child who is screaming “You don’t love me!”

Oh, child, he does and he wants to give you the kingdom. He cares so deeply that every hair on your head is numbered. You don’t need to worry about clothes or food. You don’t need to compare yourself to the people across the way. The Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

So, where is your heart? What do you want more than anything? Is it the kingdom or something else?

 

Will We Be Friends on Monday?

One of my favorite movies is The Breakfast Club. This might be my favorite scene: The power of other people’s opinions were so strong that these new “friendships” would be set aside on Monday. That’s the power that other people have over us, isn’t it? Don’t we do the same thing in our lives every… Continue Reading

Unmarked Graves

I have often wondered whether I’m a help or a hindrance to people who might want to follow Jesus. There’s that famous, yet largely mythic, quote from Ghandi that is always floating around in my head, “I would follow your Christ if I could find but one Christian who followed him.” Am I like that?… Continue Reading

Repentance, Yuck!

It seems like every few months there’s another high profile Christian who loses their ministry because of sin. Or there’s another teacher that slides from theological orthodoxy to heresy. Why? Why do these people who have such significant ministries lose their way? They have forgotten repentance. That’s all dramatic. But,what about us? How many of… Continue Reading

Hear and Keep

There are some passages in the Bible that we really like or seem to really grab our attention. Luke 11:14-23 is one of those passages: Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He… Continue Reading

When You Pray

“When you pray…” Jesus said. When you pray… How often do you pray? Do you pray? When do you pray? Does it work? Do you think God will answer? What do you pray? Is it magic? These are the questions that go through my mind whenever prayer comes up. I know they shouldn’t, after all,… Continue Reading

The Father Wants You To Ask

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Rest and Work

There are few narratives in the Bible that are as endearing as Mary and Martha. We’ve all been there. We are working our tails off and our sibling is sitting around doing nothing. It’s so frustrating. It drives us crazy. We want Mom or Dad to step in and make things fair. As they continued… Continue Reading

Not That Guy!

One of my favorite people in the world is a guy named Zak. You wouldn’t necessarily think that Zak and I would be bros. I’m relatively straight laced and clean cut. Zak is all punk. From the skinny jeans and lip rings to the “half cut” (don’t ask), Zak is the embodiment of punk. Over… Continue Reading

Perspective Shift

The Antioch Movement is all about multiplication and discipleship. It’s who we are. Our identity as a people is wrapped up those two things. If we are not about discipleship and multiplication then we may as well fold up and go home. Those four sentences are easy to write, easy to say, but really hard to… Continue Reading

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