Title: Quit Fussing and Fretting, Luke 12:22-34
He continued this subject with his disciples. “Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.
“Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all?
Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
“What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.
“Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”
Truth: God has created us so that you can have choices about your life: You can decide what you will be like as you grow up. You can value what you think is most important to you. But, I want to remind you that God wants you to know that what you will value most in your life – what you will fuss and fret about the most – will reveal if your heart is focused on you or Him first and most importantly. God wants your choices to be choices He would like for you.
Application: Do you truly believe that you know what is best for yourself? Do you remember all of the days since before you were even born or only those days you want to remember? Well, it is important to know how well God knows you: God knew you before you were even born, and He knows about everything you have said, thought or done since you were born. He knows all about your past. Cab you say that you remember everything like God does? Do you know what tomorrow will bring for your life, or what about in another year? God knows what everyday of your life will be like before it happens. So, who knows your needs the best? You or God?
Those without God in their life are never happy or satisfied. Even the famous and rich can become very unhappy and troubled with their fame or wealth. They spend their money on themselves trying hard to please themselves, but they can never find contentment or happiness. What you will learn that many others before have discovered is that you can never buy happiness or contentment. Happiness is God’s blessing to those He calls His own. Contentment is a state of mind that puts a smile on your face everyday, once you believe in your heart that God promises to provide and protect you – that He knows best what is right and good for you. Your daddy and poppy love you, but we too know how great God’s love is for you too.
So listen to what God says: “Quit your fussing and fretting – Quit fighting with yourself and others! Know I am God, your God who loves you and wants to care for you.” (Psalm 46:10)
My best advice to you: Forget yesterday. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Live today knowing God loves you. Enjoy everyday as a gift from God who knows you so well and wants you to make all the right choices as you grow up.