The Self Made Man

Luke 12:22-31
22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

Trust is never easy, is it? I think we all deal with the doubts and worries of life. Some worries come from the assurance of a job… will my job be here tomorrow, can I take care of my family with what I have. Other concerns come from other places. I think a case can be made that since 9-11 we have lived in a culture consumed by fear. Personally, I cannot get on an airplane without thinking about the threat of terrorism and dangers of flying. Ultimately for every person we all fear something, but I think all of our fears come from the same place.

At the heart of fear is worry that we are out of control of our own lives. Why do men worry about employment, because they have to trust that their employer will take care of them. Why do men fear flying, because they must trust that a tin can moving at rapid speed will safely and securely get them to their destination? As men living in this world, much of our lives must be lived within agencies, events and circumstances that are completely out of our control.

I guess the question I want to ask today is why is it so hard to trust? Our fallen nature desires one thing… to be in control. We want to be in control of everything. Was not the temptation to eve to become master of her own destiny? Both Adam and Eve were discontent with the fact that there was one tree, a single tree in paradise that they did not have domain over. Romans clearly teaches that as men grow discontent in God, they chose to worship that which is comfortable. Instead of worshiping the God of creation, we worship our own creation which we can be in control of. Money, power, possessions and relationships, are all things we have made gods in America. Any man who can accumulate wealth influence, and pleasure is a man who is in control of himself.

The Gospel does not call us to be powerful men. In fact, it calls us to the opposite. We are to be weak and powerless men who must live life trusting in the all powerful, benevolent God. Faith is trusting in what you can’t see. It is the ultimate sacrifice and surrender of self. A life lived for God is a life that cannot be lived for your own destiny. Today my encouragement is simple, surrender to God. Stop living for what will perish. The world around us will pass away, and a life built on the things of this world we be found bankrupt. When eternity becomes reality, all that will matter is faith, and self made men will be found lacking. Trust today.

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