Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
Returning to our adventure in Luke, we see Jesus talking to a crowd, as usual, when a man speaks out and asks Jesus to settle a dispute over money and inheritance with his brother. Jesus refuses to get involved, and instead begins an in-depth discussion on seeking material wealth, and worrying about material necessities in this life. He tells them not to fret anxiously about future provisions or storing up treasure here, since God fully knows and cares about their needs, and instead to focus on seeking His Kingdom here and now, because the Father eagerly wants to give it to them. When they live like this, they’ll be free to give and sell their possessions, reaping eternal rewards in Heaven.
I am 100% sure by this point in my walk with the Lord that He’s called me to ministry; to build and strengthen His house, the Church, with the spiritual gifts He’s given me. Ephesians 4:11-12 has become something of a mission verse for me, because I see myself in it, and I would be miserable if I did anything else! As I get older, however, it seems like I’m becoming more and more worried about what exactly that’s gonna end up looking like. As a junior in college, everyone’s starting to look at me with questions and expectations about what I’m gonna do with my life, how I’m gonna support myself, career options, what I should be doing now to set those things up; all the things that give most college students anxiety. However, what Jesus is saying to me (and really to anyone reading this who can relate on some level) is that the how is less important than the now. See, how things will end up turning out is His domain, and only He can see that far ahead. He’s encouraging me, in this season, to fix my eyes on the ways I can be a faithful Kingdom worker right here.
Every day this week, the Lord Jesus is bringing something new to my attention that He wants to speak into and change in order to mold me into His Image. Hence, this devotional is more personal since the Holy Spirit was speaking directly to something I’ve been going through, but I figured it would be good to share with you guys anyways cus, ya never know. So yesterday was Him calling out my fear of people, which was stopping me from being powerful and bold, while today is not worrying about what the future of what my ministry is going to look like. If He’s called me to a work that is only possible through Him, then He’ll make a way, and the best thing I can do is fix my eyes on His work right in front of me.
- To those of us struggling with anxiety and fear of the unknown future, take heart! The future is only unknown to you, my friend; it’s an open book to your Good Shepherd, and He knows the way, so the best thing you can do is pray for Him to open your eyes to the Kingdom work He’s doing right now, and be glad that He wants you to be a part of it!
But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)