Luke 12:22-23 - Then Jesus said to His disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food and the body more than clothes.”
It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, living from one day to the next. We begin to worry about food and clothes, because those are our basic needs. Food is our nourishment, without it our bodies cannot survive, and clothes are our way of covering ourselves to keep warm and protected. These are the essentials to live. That is why Jesus brings them up in this passage, because they are often at the forefront of our minds. We think, “If I could just get some nice clothes and good food I’ll be doing pretty well.” If we are not careful we will begin to focus on these things and the desire for food and material things will consume us.
That is why Jesus reminds us, “Life is more than food and the body more than clothes.” It seems so obvious when you just come out and say it, but step back and take a look at your life. What have you been striving for? Is it material satisfaction? Our life is worth more than that. God created us for a purpose, and it is not to worry about these things. He says that we are to seek Him and His kingdom and all these things will be added as well. There is nothing that God can’t provide, and He wants to provide for you, but He wants your focus. We need to take our eyes off of these “things” and put them on Him.