What I read: Luke 12
Observations: I sometimes have a hard time figuring out how Luke is connecting his stories of Jesus. He moves from one small story or statement without too much context, or setting, or really any defining characteristics, which makes it difficult to appreciate. I was trying to find the thread to work through the opening few sections, and I just can’t seem to come up with it. The same seems true of the last three sections, which don’t seem to tie together either. The middle section makes perfect sense to me, but that seems like the easy part. Anyway, I was confused, and that seems okay to admit at this point!
Application: So instead of focusing on what I didn’t understand, I guess I’ll have to focus on what I did understand. In the middle section Jesus teaches about anxiety and trust in him for the provision of everything. I loved the reminder today that all that I have comes from him, and that he can be absolutely trusted to provide all that we need every single day of our lives. But the ultimate goal of that trust is to be occupied primarily with how we can be advancing his kingdom first, and then letting our worries about the more mundane stuff be less of a priority in our lives. I needed the reminder today to stay focused on his kingdom first and my kingdoms second, because I definitely tend to get those switched up.
Prayer: Jesus, I pray for your kingdom and its priorities to become my top priority as well. I pray that I would be less consumed with the daily details of my life that will, in the end, be here and gone before I know it. Instead I want to be concerned with the things that matter most to you, things that are of eternal significance and weight. If I worry, let me worry about how to be better used in service to your purpose, and less about how you might fix something or other in my life.