I am detail-oriented. On a daily basis, I’m the type of person who carries five bags out to the car with me so that I will be prepared for every activity of the day.
In Luke 12, Jesus knew that His disciples were getting overwhelmed by all the details. The crowds were swelling, the Pharisees were scheming, and life on the road kept things unpredictable. He reminded them that God keeps track of all the details. Food – look at how birds stay plump! Clothes? Gawk at some of the gaudy things flowers are wearing these days. God even has our hairs numbered, which is such a small, fluctuating detail!
“29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”
Seek His kingdom, like in the prayer He just taught them. Everyone on earth, whether a business person with three degrees or a farmer in the mountains, wants to make sure he or she is provided for during the day. God calls us to a goal that is much more grand.
32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 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. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The point of life is not to have enough money to be your own insurance policy for any unnatural disasters. Jesus throughout this chapter was calling His disciples to a new way of living that had a much grander perspective. It zoomed out from the normal minutia of life to God’s plan for history. Power. Time. Food and clothes. It is electrifying to glimpse the power of God to work out the details. When we have a plan “C” for everything, we never have a reason to pray for a solution.
Maybe it is time to start living dangerously, packing light. Who knows what God will bring. It reminds me of Bilbo Baggins being shaken out of his hole and going on an adventure. Only God knows where the road will lead you!