Living in the middle of the country, I don't get many opportunities to go to the beach, but I do have access to a sand box. And one of my favorite things to do in the sand is to make sandcastles, or mounds of bucket-shaped sand. (smiles)
Have you seen some the elaborate structures built out of sand? I'm amazed at these creations. But I also have to wonder why someone would spend all that time working on something that will be destroyed as soon as the tide comes in.
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.
Luke 12:22-23 NIV
Do you ever find yourself worrying about things like food, clothing, health, bills, etc? These things can seem so big, so important to us, so we think about them, stress over them, worry about them. But does worrying change anything about our circumstances? No! In some cases it can even make things worse. I love what Jesus says in these verses
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? Luke 12:25-26 NIV
Did you catch that? Jesus said adding a single hour to your life is a very little thing. If adding an hour to our life is a very little thing in God's eyes, how must He view food, clothing, and shelter? He knows that we need them and promises that if we seek Him first, these things will be given to us as well (vs. 31)
Everything we strive so hard to accomplish or gain here on earth - those things we worry about and allow to steal our joy - will one day be washed away, like sandcastles on the beach.
Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven." Matthew 6:19,20
Are you building castles in the sand or storing up treasures in Heaven?
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