Ravens and Lilies
Christ Jesus never worked to earn money while He was preaching.
He was outside the worldly worry and fear that one might lose a job and ultimately became homeless if he failed in competition. But He knew well this kind of worry people had. This kind of worry and fear is also modern. So, the following teaching of Christ Jesus is effective even today.
24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!
27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?Christ Jesus rather recommend always think about the Kingdom of God instead of living in this world. If we do have faith and consider the Kingdom of God, God will surely feed us, according to the words of Christ Jesus.
People mostly think about how to earn more money and how to behave to get any promotion and social merit. They don't think about how to contribute to coming of the Kingdom of God. People worry that if they are absorbed in thinking of God, they will lose a chance to be rich. To get rid of poverty or avoid fall in status in the society, they think that they have no time to think about God.
Christ Jesus put higher priority on faith in God. And God will take care of those believers, according to Christ Jesus. This is against human wisdom. The human world has not been built so as to promote faith in God. But it has been built so that winners will survive and succeed while losers will become poor and suffer. Yet, God has power to supersede such worldly rule. The faith in God means to believe such super power of God.
To become rich and successful in the society, one is often tempted in committing a crime or neglecting justice, or otherwise he will lose compassion to losers and love to neighbors. And people will try to be smarter than others in purchase of wealth and profits or in exercise of evil tricks. The total aggregation of these behaviors and thoughts will surely make this world a kind of the hell. It will make this world a place not worth living.
In this context, money is an enemy of God. People should think about God but not money.
However, living of successful priests, including the Pope, is based on big money, which cannot be accepted by God.
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Luk 5:9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
Luk 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.