Our God is good, isn't he? And yet, we often don't trust him. No, it's not so much that we don't understand it in our minds. We know what the Scriptures say.
"So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Mt 6:31-34).
Yes, we know Matthew 6, but it's our actions that truly reveal how we relate to God in the matter.
A bunch of stuff played into my choosing of this week's topic. All are relevant. First, I shared with a budding house church last night about the reality of genuine community. As I spoke, I could tell they were seriously grappling with the implications.
Second, in addition to reading this week's Torah portion
, my LTG (Life Transformation Group) and I read Matthew. As we talked about what we read (Mt 6), we were humbly reminded how attached we get to stuff...and to a certain (American) quality of life.
Third, because it's Sukkot, I was reminded how fleeting this life is. I must ask myself, How aware am I of the reality of a coming Kingdom?
I must also ask, As far as it concerns me, how willing am I to embody a present manifestation of the Kingdom?
Practically, How willing am I to live out Acts 2 and 4?
During the remaining days of Feast of Tabernacles, I simply invite you to reflect with me on our temporary condition. Let's think less about protecting ourselves and more about being a blessing to others.
And, oh yes, He's coming back!