Luke 12:31-35

Luke 12:31 (KJB)
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Seek - Denotes an earnest, diligent, tenacious search for something

(Rom 14:17 KJV) For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. The Lord Jesus now sums up the entire section that in contrast to the godless who only look for and crave material things, the true believer is to look diligently for the Kingdom of God which is our food, raiment, and drink.

Food - (John 4:34 KJV) Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. We too must do the will of God who has sent us to do some form of ministry and not to be slothful in doing it so we can complete it in the time He has given us.

Raiment - (Isa 61:3 KJV) To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. We must diligently seek the robe of Christís righteousness to be imputed to the believer upon salvation.

Drink - (1 Cor 10:4 KJV) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. Just as the Israelites in the desert drank from the rock to quench their thirst and save their lives from death. The true believer spiritually drinks from the rock of our salvation to eternally save our lives from the second death. (Psa 18:46 KJV) The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. Then Jesus states that all the things that the Gentiles crave and live their lives for will be added unto us. In other words, there will be no toiling and anxiety because God will supply the very physical needs that we have.

Luke 12:32 (KJB)
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Jesus then calls His disciples ďlittle flock.Ē This is because they are a small flock and down through the ages Christians will always be a minority in this world, just as we are today. He commands them not to fear because He knows that they are totally under the care of God. Not only did Jesus tell the disciples that they need not be anxious for anything, here He tells them plain out that God delights in giving them the Kingdom. (Rom 14:17 KJV) For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Three of the distinctions of Godís Kingdom is that the believers are made righteous through the shed blood of Christ, then they have peace with God through that shed blood, the war is over, and then we have joy in the Holy Ghost through the shed blood. Joy is the Christian attribute which remains permanent long after happiness fades. Joy is present even under persecution. Then the Kingdom of God is eternal and that means no end. When we look at these things, how could we compare a new car or new boat to them?

Luke 12:33 (KJB)
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

Overall in this verse it is teaching us not to depend upon the wealth systems of this world. First, we are to sell what we have, that is, if we have an overabundance of material goods, then we need to sell them and give the money to send forth the Gospel. If we do not have an abundance of material goods, we sell what we have and that would be the talents and gifts the Lord gave us. What I mean by that is to use the talents and gifts for the service of the Lord and by doing that we would be giving alms. The bags which we put our heavenly treasures in is found in the Kingdom of God, which is in the heavens. In other words, whenever we give to Godís work to advance the Kingdom of God, we are placing our treasures in the heavens. That treasure is kept for eternity in the heavens because Heaven does not fail. On earth, the safekeeping will fail no matter how many burglar alarms are used. The wealth system is subject to changes in value overnight. No thief can ever take away money which has been given to the work of God because there will be no thievery in Heaven. In ancient times, money was kept in silver and gold coins and they were subjected to weather conditions. The bronze and copper coins would also be subject to weather and could rust if not used regularly, making their value as nothing. Giving to the Lordís work assures every donation to remain intact for eternity.

Luke 12:34 (KJB)
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

If you are unsaved and your focus is on this earth, it will be a fleeting investment and you will die in your sins. If you are truly saved and your focus is on Heaven and bringing the Gospel here on earth, then you will live in eternal bliss forevermore. It is a question of which direction your heart is focused on.

Luke 12:35 (KJB)
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

In ancient times, men wore long flowing robes and if they were doing some kind of work, they would literally have to tuck the robes into the belt which went around their waist and then they would be ready for both work and the speed of that work. Then in the second part of this verse the disciples are told to keep their lights burning. A light is to guide one in the dark and if they are to keep them burning, then that means they will be ready when they have to travel for some reason or for those who work at night. This verse is also teaching the Christian to always be prepared.

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