One of my youth asked me to write about the Bible. How it has helped me and what it means to me. Also, I was asked if I would write about Luke 12:22-34. So here it is.. This is a great passage in scripture!
1) The Bible has been very helpful to me! The Bible has been helpful to me because it is words from God’s own mouth about (Truth). And I know that it might sound like a very simple statement, but it means everything. As a Christian, I believe that everyday I am faced with an opportunity to chose to live out Truth, or false in the world that I live. And it is so important what I decide to live out in my life because unbelievers and other Christians are either being encouraged in their lives towards Truth, or false belief systems! The Bible leads people to an eternal salvation and speaks of a Kingdom that is not of this world! It is a mindset that is eternal and is worth so much more then we can ever imagine!
1b) I have used the Bible to try and bring God’s Kingdom down on to this earth. I have felt it has been hard some times. I belive it is hard sometimes because Truth at times can sound idiotic to people and cause them to disbelieve, because the ideas seem so different! I have used the Bible to teach in youth group. I have used the Bible to- speak outloud to myself to encourage, strengthen, and fight off evil thoughts. I have used the Bilbe to praise God, pray, encourage others, and strengthen others in the faith.
2) I have used the story of Luke 12:22-34 before in personal Bible study, teaching for youth group, as well as in leading a mission trip to Louisiana and helping out in a mission trip to Venezuela.
2b) What happened when I used it was pretty incredible and different each time! But what happened each time was to start our minds thinking not on the hear and now, but on forever and the eternal perspectives of a different kingdom. At times it felt for me that I was taping into a whole different world, because I was thinking more the way God thought, instead of the way I normally think about life!
4) Overall, I would say the story Jesus is telling His disciples is like watching a movie. There are the people that make the movie and there are the people who watch the movie. The people who are in the movie are making actions, speaking and doing things that will be seen by people for a long long time, even after they are dead! Their actions will be remembered and lived out in other peoples lives. People will say the lines from movies, and do actions from the movies long after the movie has been watched! Then also, there are the people who watch the movie. They are simply taking in the visual aspect of the movie. They have not felt the pain that Jackie Chan would feel when leaping off a brick wall, or getting hit by a punch to the face…they would only see it.
I belive that this Bible passage is talking about something like this! I believe there is a whole different aspect to this world that God longs for Christians to understand. God wants us to know that we do not need to worry about this life, because there is a whole new life that Jesus gives and it is on the other side of the movie screen. Jesus wants us to not simply go through life running after things that are of this world, but to live out another world behind the screen of life, which is an eternal beautiful life that cannot be watched, but lived! There is a life that Jesus speaks about that says, do not worry, because if you are a Christian you are taken care of as a shepherd cares for his sheep. Jesus proves that we are taken care of by telling us about the wild flowers, and how they are kept safe and are made beautiful by God’s hand… And we are so much more valuable then the flowers!
Like a movie, Jesus speaks of a kingdom that will keep going on long after a Christian stops living on this earth, and that the more a Christian tunes their mind to the eternal kingdom of God, the more treasure will be given behind the movie screen! Behind the movie screen there is joy being given out, peace that passes all understanding, and love that is beyond what we can amagine! These things are much more fulfilling then a life full of fear in worry and a belief in the worlds possessions that will not last, but will get old and break.
5) I can connect this passage in my faith with a story that happened to me while on a mission trip to Louisiana with the youth group. We had all been working hard on a construction project on a boat in the harbor in Louisiana after the hurricane had gone through. And I got talking to the owner of the boat and he told me that he was actually glad that the hurricane had gone through and torn up his boat. He told me that himself and others in Louisiana had gotten loose in their walk with God, and had started filling up their thoughts and time with the possessions of the world, and had forgotten about sharing the wonderful new life that people could have in Jesus. He told me that now, after the hurricane, people were flocking into the churches and helping others, instead of thinking of themselves!
For me, I could clearly see this man talk about a switch in his life from the here and now, to the forever and eternal and it was amazing to hear. Later that week, our group had the awesome experience to give a house constructed by Mennonite Diasaster Service to a mother and her children for the glory of God. It was an amazing time because we had the opportunity to tell these people specifically the gospel message! That just as we were giving this house to her for free, Jesus gave us a free gift as well. It was a powerful time for me, because I understood clearly that I was living out what I had been taught all my life. I knew that I was giving to the kingdom of God something that would last forever, and I was not watching the movie, I was a real servant (actor) for God!