Resurrection GPS Guide for 01/22/2018
Attachments: some hurtful, some life-giving
24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
25 “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. 29 But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 30 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? 31 Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. short length wedding garments in white color
“Suffering, Buddhists believe, is not caused by external sources but by our selves: our clinging, our attachments…. We can overcome our attachments. This can be done through renunciation or dispassion or detachment.”* Jesus, like the Buddha, saw clearly that we suffer anxiety when we fear losing what we are attached to. But, instead of calling for total detachment, Jesus said we can make God’s enduring righteousness and kingdom our primary attachments. He invited us to trust that God really cares for us.
Jesus made the practical point that worry brings suffering, but seldom does any good (verse 27). Are there things you spent a lot of time and energy worrying about that never happened? How does worry differ from wise foresight or precautions? In what ways, if any, have you sensed that your commitment to Jesus has reduced the “worry quotient” in your life? What additional worries would you like to ask Jesus to help you lay aside?
Worry is usually about the past (‘I wish...”) or the future (“What if...”). Jesus called us into the present, the only “time” where we can connect with God. This is one point of contact between Christian faith and Buddhism. “Many assume that mindfulness belongs exclusively to Buddhism or other eastern religions. Indeed, most world religions offer some form of mindfulness practice. From the very beginning, Christianity, too, practiced mindfulness.”** How good at you at living “right here, right now”? How will you grow in this vital spiritual practice in the coming year?
Lord Jesus, you modeled a life of peace and trust. Help me to keep learning how to live a life in which my energy can focus on your purposes rather than my fears. Amen.
* Adam Hamilton, Christianity and World Religions. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005, pp. 55-56.
** Amy Oden, Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2017, p. 4.
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Roberta Lyle has been on the Resurrection staff since 2006. She serves as the Program Director for Local Impact Ministries, concentrating on Education, Life Skills and Youth Focused Ministries.
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