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Date: October 2

Category: Prosperity

Luke 12:31-32
"Only aim at and strive for and seek His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also. Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!"

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiIn this passage, Jesus is teaching His disciples not to be worried about what they will eat or what they will wear. In other words, their main focus should not be on financial and material existence. Instead, their main focus should be on the kingdom of God. It's so easy to make money the priority of our lives. Instinctively, we as people want to strive to survive. Sometimes when we eat a meal, we eat more than what we need to. All that does is add a little weight around our waist and maybe even some poison into our system. Sometimes we become worried about our future that we work so many extra hours to accumulate more wealth. Yet, all that does is add stress to our health and stress to our relationships. All that is motivated by fear.

In the German translation, Hoffnung fuer Alle, (which means, ‘hope for all'), it says in verse 32, "You don't need to have any fear about your future." This is such a fitting meaning to this passage. It's good to want to grow, develop and accumulate more. But when that becomes the focus of your life, then your priorities are misplaced. If fear for the future becomes your driving force, then your focus is mistaken.

Jesus says here that we don't need to be fearful of the future because the things that we need will be supplied for. But in verse 31, He gives us clear instruction about how to have our needs met. He says, "Only aim at and strive for and seek His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also." In other words, God wants us to make the kingdom of God the first priority in our lives. Our relationship with God should be first, above any other relationship in our lives. If we are engaged in a relationship with somebody who misleads us in the opposite direction of the Word, then we shouldn't be engaged in that relationship. Our relationship with God should be first.

So Jesus says, "only aim at" the kingdom of God. That takes a lot of focus. Think of a bow and arrow, for example. In order to strike the arrow in the centre of the bull's eye, you need to be focused on that target. It's the same way with the kingdom of God. Jesus wants us to only aim at His kingdom and that requires us to be focussed on Him. He also says that we should "strive for" the kingdom of God, meaning we should put forth our absolute best effort towards His kingdom. Think of a runner who is striving to win a race. Because he has made the finish line his focus, he will do his utmost best to cross that line first. So Jesus wants us to strive for the kingdom of God. Then He says that we are to "seek" His kingdom. Seeking His kingdom means that we work so hard for the kingdom of God that we begin to exert energy while doing so. When we do all that, then all our needs will be supplied for us.

But while you aim at, strive for, and seek after God's kingdom, you also have to do everything you need to do to prepare for the future. Think back to the parable of the nobleman who gave money to the three bondservants. Two of the servants multiplied their money to receive an increase, while the third servant (who was fearful) hid his money and received no increase. When the nobleman returned, he praised the first two servants and he punished the third servant for not increasing his money. (Luke 19:15-25) So when God gives you something (whether it is talent, time, money, etc), He wants you to increase it. That's how you prepare for your future and that's how you avoid being fearful of your future.

Everything in the kingdom of God grows but things don't grow out of fear. Things grow out of hard work, diligence, and obedience to God. When you prosper, meaning you have everything you need now and for the future, then you are able to bless others with that prosperity as well. So Jesus doesn't want us to be afraid of the future. Instead He wants us to focus on Him and seek after His kingdom first with complete focus and steadfast diligence. When we do that, then He says that everything else will be supplied to us as well. There's no need to fear for the future.

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