“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storerooms or barns, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you than birds! . . . Consider how the wild flowers grow. . . . not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you . . . ! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink . . . for your Father knows you need them. But seek his kingdom, and all these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for the Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor . . . For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. . . . be dressed ready for service, and keep your lamps burning . . . “ (Luke 12: 22-24, 27-35)
When you said, “Seek my face,” my heart said to you, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (Ps 27:8)
. . . clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ . . .(Rom 13:14)
Here’s a www.antidote for you — the “www” standing for worry-weary world, that is.
When you find yourself worrying, stop and consider this: you are infinitely valuable to God.
If you want verification, just think about some everyday examples. Ravens aren’t beautiful or even cute. They have raucous voices, and in Jesus’ day were considered unclean. Yet God makes sure they eat. A field of grass may be here today and burned tomorrow, but God still dresses it in the spectacular splendor of His wildflowers.
If He takes such care over these ordinary, easily-replaceable things, imagine how concerned He is about His one-of-a kind you!
Your Father God loves you because You are His own child. Your basic needs will be met; that’s a given. But most of all, He longs to see you move to a better neighborhood and continue to live there. He wants you to be a full citizen of His kingdom here on earth.
Reaching God’s kingdom here takes some searching, because it’s not on any map. You find it by purposefully changing your diet and your wardrobe. Feeding daily on God’s Word will reveal everything you need to know about the kingdom and its location. Clothing yourself with Jesus will outfit you for the journey, and keep you appropriately dressed when you get there.
Once you find it, it will be borne in on you that it’s God’s kingdom, and not yours. If you really want to live there, He has to be Lord in fact and not just in name. At the same time, God has given this kingdom to you and for you, because it’s the one place you can become all He created you to be. Here you will reach your full potential. Here you will live in intimate relationship with Him, and have real fellowship with your neighbors. The wealth you find will be in your connection with people and not possessions. You will invest in what matters, and divest yourself of whatever diverts your focus from God’s way and God’s will.
When you take up permanent residence in God’s kingdom, you will start each day by consciously clothing yourself with Christ. Then you’ll be dressed and ready to serve Him, and the light of His love will shine through you.
Among countless other blessings, you will have discovered the antidote to the impact of a worry-weary world: being clothed with His righteousness, His assurance, His hope, His armor against the enemy.
It’s a clothing argument you can validate for yourself by living in His kingdom here while you look forward to His eternal kingdom.