I may have said this before, but there are times when the added verse numbers, paragraph breaks, and section headings in the Bible are less than helpful. This is particularly true when the text is broken up to make one continuous thought look like two or three different thoughts.
Thank God for the word “therefore.”
The middle of Luke 12 is one of those places that suffers because of ill-placed section headings. Read this section below (with the heading intact) and then I want to point out what’s going on. Luke 12:16-23:
16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 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. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Do Not Be Anxious
22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, gdo not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing
Do you see how the section heading gets in the way? In this section, Jesus tells His disciples to stop worrying about what they will eat and drink and wear because it’s all going to burn. This is one section, with one glorious reminder of how we are to look at life.
Saving is all well and good. We should seek to be prepared for the future, but if we are not focusing our energy on becoming “rich toward God”, then we are wasting our time. This life is short and too easily lost, so stop worrying about all the little things you need and start leaning on the Lord.
Don’t worry, it’ll all be over soon.
Jesus wants us to spend our life focusing on that which is most important, becoming rich in the Lord. He is our treasure. He is our Great Reward. He is the treasure in the field that we sell everything to get. He is not only worthy of our praise. He is the only One who IS worthy.
Life is more than food and clothes; it is God’s and He wants us to pursue Him, for He is the only One worth pursuing.