Is this passage telling me (and you) to:
- Not worry about your life?
- Not worry about what you will eat?
- Not worry about what you will wear?
- (Not worry about budgeting, saving, financial planning)?
- Sell your possessions and give to the poor?
Luke 12:22-34 (NIV)
"Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, 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, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
But were these words written directly to me? Or is this a record of Jesus' words to His 12 disciples?
Is Jesus saying that all those who want to follow Him need to sell their possessions and give to poor? Or was this command specific to His 12 closest followers?
Even if we conclude that this passage was specific to the 12 disciples, I'm sure we could pull some universal truths from them about not placing our hopes in wealth, and our responsibilities to the poor.
But this is still a tough question. If I conclude that this passage was not directed specifically to me, there are likely a lot of other passages that could have the same conclusion applied. How much of the Bible is written to me?
Then I'd have to rely more on the Holy Spirit to really guide me....