Follow the Birds

20 Mar

God’s Word:  Matthew 6:24 – 26    Jesus said, “You can’t worship two gods at once.  Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other.  Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other.  You can’t worship God and Money both.  If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion.  There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.  Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God.  And you count far more to him than birds.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying to me through these verses)

You are free to decide for yourself—to what or whom do you give your allegiance.  My best advice is “follow the birds.” I remind you that there is a choosing in every human’s heart between seeking after money or seeking after God.  These two are diametrically opposed.  God calls you to live by faith—trusting in Him (as the birds do); money lures you to invest all your energies in accumulating money for your security.  “But,” you question, “Money is a necessity to survive.  Are you asking me to give away all my money and trust God to provide all I need?”  (God provides the feathers for the birds to “feather their nests.”)

There is a fine line between using money and money using you.  It has an uncanny lure that draws mankind into accumulation, even though they claim it is for a good cause, and soon they have forgotten all about God and helping others.  Examine why you desire to accumulate money?  Though many claim to have Godly motives for building their bank account, the evidence of those motives is seen in the bigger NESTS they are building.  Money has a way or snagging your allegiance. (The birds continue building the same size nests through the ages.)

The bottom line here is that life is a gift from God that no amount of money could purchase. The lure of money and the “things” it will buy always takes the focus off of God and what He is willing and eager to provide. Seek God and please him with your time and money and don’t worry about tomorrow. Follow the example of the birds—they simply build their nests and trust God for all their tomorrows.

Jesus’ Question for Me: Has money and the pleasures it can provide lured you away from trusting in God?

Jesus’ Promise to Me: God cares for the birds and you matter more to him than the birds.  He cares for those who abandon their trust to Him. 

My Song to Jesus: 

The birds upon the tree tops sing their song;  
The angels chant their chorus all day long;
The flowers in the garden blend their hue,
So why shouldn’t I, why shouldn’t you praise Him too?

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/c/3#ixzz1pfHGyMXN

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