Steep Yourself in God-Reality (Luke 12)

NOTE: I just wanted to share the passage below. It is the Message version.

22He continued this subject with his disciples. “Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. 23There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. 24Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.

25“Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? 26If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all? 27Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance–but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. 28If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

29“What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. 30People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 31Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 32Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.

33“Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. 34It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.