What Jesus Did! 'What Are You Living For?' — Luke 12:27-32

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Look at the wild flowers. See how they grow. They don't work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. God clothes the grass in the field like that. That grass is living today, but tomorrow it will be thrown into the fire to be burned. So you know that God will clothe you much more. Don't have so little faith! So don't always think about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don't worry about it. All the people that don't know God try to get those things. Your Father (God) knows that you need those things. The thing you should want is God's kingdom. Then all these other things you need will be given to you. Don't fear, little flock (group). Your Father (God) wants to give you the kingdom."
— Luke 12:27-32 NLT
Illustration of Luke 12:27-32 NLT —  So don't always think about what you will eat or what you will drink.

Key Thought

What's the bottom line in these words of Jesus? Don't be afraid to live for the Kingdom as your highest and most primary concern. God takes care of things much less important than us in a way far finer than we could provide for ourselves. We're more important to God than those things. So let's give the Father the joy of giving us the Kingdom by making it our highest desire. Let him take care of the "little stuff" as we pursue the "Kingdom stuff."

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, give me a passion for your Kingdom and your righteousness. Make that passion burn inside me until your Kingdom becomes my highest call. I know that my worries about other things will be driven out by the proper passion for what you long to give me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 6:3-10
  • Philippians 3:13-14
  • Revelation 3:15-16


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.