Our Lord never lost an opportunity of letting the light of truth shine into dark sin-beclouded souls.
Jesus had just spoken the parable of a certain rich man to expose the sin and folly of covetousness (Mt.5;1,2) tells us this “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying
Then, in these verses quoted above, Jesus presses home upon the hearts of His disciples about the fearfulness of worldly and material lust. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (I.Jh.2:15).
The “rich man” who suddenly died a spiritual pauper should teach us to lay up treasures in Heaven.
Let us speak about the Value of Life. We should not be troubled with fearful thoughts about our life, Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, for “the life is more than meat” and the body is more than raiment.” (v. 22,23).
We do not live to eat, but eat to live, and life is the gift of God and we must give God the glory for our life.
This thought is specially precious to the children of God. We have been made partakers of the divine nature, a new creation, through the incoming of this new and eternal life “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. “ (II.Cor.5:17).
Our life is surely more than the meat that supplies it with fresh energy.
Our life, as the followers and servants of Christ, is of more value to Him than the food and raiment needed to sustain that life.
Therefore take no thought for your life. He who gives the greater will not fail in the less. “Cast all your care upon Him, for he careth for you.” (I.Pt. 5:7).
Look at the manner of the Ravens. “Consider the ravens : they neither sow nor reap, . . . and God feedeth them ; . . . ye are better than fowls” (v. 24).
The second reason Christ gives us is the reasons why we should rest and put our trust in Christ our Lord, now concerning the things of this present world is, “God feedeth the ravens, and ye are better than they.”
The ravens were not redeemed by the Blood of Christ nor called with an holy calling. The ravens, with neither “storehouse nor barns,” were happily unconscious of their poverty; the rich man who would “pull down his barns and build greater, and rich man stated “and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.”
This man was unconscious of his spiritual bankruptcy. “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (Rev.3:17).
The raven’s ignorance is its bliss; the rich man’s ignorance was his curse “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: “ (v.20).
Let us note the growth of the Lilies. “Consider the lilies how they grow. . . . If God so clothe the grass, how much more you ? ” (v. 27, 23).
If Christ clothes and adorns the grass that may go to the oven to-morrow with the lilies, how much more carefully will He clothe you who are going into the Father’s house above? “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (Jh.14:3).
Therefore, with regard to supply and adorning, as the disciples of Christ we must have peace in the Lord “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil.4:19).
This rest does not mean idleness “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1.Tim. 5. 8).
Let us take a look at the Knowledge of our heavenly Father “Your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things” (v. 30). Oh, the sweetness of these words to the care-burdened heart! “Your Father knoweth.” Coming from the lips of the Almighty, they are unspeakably precious, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (Jh.14:14).
Our Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. If you can say, “The LORD is my Shepherd, ” you may add with confidence, “I shall not want.” Let us be content, for He hath said, “I will never leave thee” (Heb. 13. 5).
Note the Promise of Christ that he has given each of us “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you” (Mt.6: 3.).
Those who seek first the Kingdom of God as the object of the soul’s life will have all those things.
Godliness has the promise of life now and of that which is to come “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1.Tim. 4. 8).
Take a look at the words Little Flock. “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (v. 32). The more weak and helpless the child is the more love and care will the mother and father lavish upon it.
Our felt and confessed weakness is the secret of our spiritual strength “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (II.Cor.12. 10).
It is not to those wise in their own eyes, but “unto babes,” to whom the Father reveals His great and precious secrets, “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” (Matt.11.25, 26).
It is the poor of this world that are most frequently the rich in faith “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (Ja.2:5).
The flock may be very little, as the word means, but the pleasure of our great Shepherd towards us is very good “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (Jh.14:14).
Let us take a look at the Character of our Heart “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (v. 34).
It is not so much what the treasure is as where it is that determines the nature of it “Remember Lot’s wife.” (Lk.17:12).
The human heart has always something that is dearly coveted as a treasure.
So the affections of the heart and that real or imaginary treasure will always be wedded together. Seeing, then, that the things needful for this present life are freely promised us, we are thereby relieved from any fearful thought about them, that we might be entirely free to set our whole hearts’ and affections on things above “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8. 36).