Re-evaluating Our Values

Do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

— Luke 12:29-31

Through many years of hard work and long hours, a Christian man made a small fortune in real estate. He was able to buy a nice home, and he and his wife drove new cars. He put his children through private schools and enjoyed some luxuries in life. They were more than comfortable.

But he had a problem. The more money he made, the more he worried about his wealth. He worried that the market would crash and he’d lose it. He couldn’t sleep at night for fear that identity thieves were targeting him. He couldn’t enjoy a trip with his family without being anxious that his home would be broken into.

What if he lost it all? What would happen to his family then?

Isn’t this a trap that we often fall into? We’re so anxious about good things that we miss the very best. That’s why Jesus told us not to worry about the things of this life—food and drink, clothes and houses, possessions and, well, more possessions. If we focus our worries on these things, then they become the focus of our lives. And then we’re missing out on the most important things, like the Kingdom of God.

What we worry about often reveals what we value. Are we worried about bigger paychecks, or are we worried about serving God? Are we focused on growing earthly assets, or are we helping those in need in the name of Jesus?

If life is full of worry, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate what we value.

Today’s One thing

Inventory your worries. Pick the one at the top. Make a decision to value Jesus above this fear.


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