Mat 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Mat 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
It was a common saying at City Harvest that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I remembered it was from AR Bernard, hence the incredible planning for the Cross Over and the management of the various stake holders.
For all intention, to my City Harvest friends, I have failed! I am the tail and not the head. I don’t own a house, or a car. Even my SGD 500 guitar I gave it away to the CHC Pinoy cell group when they asked for it.
The message of not to worry in Matt 6, was preceded in the “therefore” in Matt 6:24 by a focus on money. But we are not mega church pastors, lawyers, doctors, bankers or businessman. For many in the GLBT community, we are not rich and in fact made poor because of our circumstances and struggles. Tomorrow is a worry.
What happens when due to circumstances in life, there is not much money or hope left. We are tired and worn out. Our strength is no more. We try but to survive. Life has been hard on us.
At the end of the rainbow road, the grace of God becomes a new and daily event, giving us life itself. To breathe another day is God’s amazing grace. To be able to worship Jesus Christ is God’s grace.
For the GLBT community, we have grounds to worry about tomorrow. We don’t have children to support us when we are old. Who will take care of us? Yet, surely we could not worry but to live one day at a time. God’s grace is for today. There will be God’s grace for tomorrow.
The focus of Christianity is not our rights that we have, but to treasure life itself. So many times, in the GLBT Christian community we are told to stand up for our rights, but Christianity is much more about treasuring life being thankful that through it all, Jesus has been with us.
I have encountered testimonies of so many friends in GLBT churches who had contemplated suicide because of the condemnation by the mainline churches.
We cannot let them take our God given life. We are being taught about our rights, when our greatest right and privilege is to but live and to survive.
For many in the GLBT community, life has little meaning because we have lost so such and have denied a life to love and be loved. But God sees our lives as precious.
We have nothing to go on to, to live for. Our lives are gone and lost. We have no future and no legacy. That was what the Eunuch lamented in Isa 56:3, but in God’s plan we have a legacy when we dwell in the House of God. Jesus will take care of us tomorrow.
The message of Matt 6 is to:-
- Treasure life itself
- Trust in God who will provide us with our daily needs
- Live one day at a time, for God’s grace is for today and not for tomorrow. The manna from heaven is today, not tomorrow.
- Have a living purpose to extend the Kingdom of God in the Gospel message of God’s love, grace and mercy, where Jesus is the King.
When Christians enter the church, they are told to follow the ways of Jesus in doing good works of love rather than discerning the finished work of the Cross. We can never be free if we need to always keep doing good works of love to redeem ourselves. The Cross is a call to rest from religion.
Jesus died that we need not die. He had lack, that we need not suffer lack. He rose again so that we can rest in the position of having overcome. We can’t find God unless we rest in Christ finished work at the Cross of Calvary.
Jesus died that when we partake communion, His blood, His life, and His presence dwells with us if indeed we believe that Jesus died and rose again to pay and over pay for our sins. We can’t but worry unless the presence and reality of God in Christ Jesus becomes a daily experience of God’s grace in our lives through discerning communion.
When we rest at the Cross, Jesus does the work, and we need not worry for Jesus holds tomorrow. He is the alpha and omega, the first and the last. Jesus holds the future and the future is with Him in heaven.
Treasure life, give thanks that we are alive and living daily and for the joy and honor to praise Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. For we will one day return to Jesus, being in the Kingdom of God. We live that we may extend the Kingdom of God proclaiming the Good news to the hearts of many that God loves them and accepts them whether gay or straight because of the Cross of calvary.
His grace is sufficient for tomorrow, is sufficient to take care of us even though we are gay and alone in this trying times when we don’t have much rights nor hope for the future. Jesus is the start and the end, and holds our tomorrow.