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If you know these words, then you may know this was spoken by the rich fool in Luke 12. Or possibly you know this phrase from the Apostle Paul writing in 1 Corinthians 15. This statement is quoted from Isaiah 22 and Ecclesiastes 8. The teaching is simple and addresses a poor focus on the temporary and not relying on God for provision. Yes, we should be thankful for yield of hard work and enjoy the fruits of labor. However, we are warned of gluttony, drunkenness, and seeking mere temporary pleasures. Yet often we get caught up in our lives focused on eating, drinking, and the pursuit of happiness. This is vanity and leads to hopelessness.
Simply eating, drinking, and seeking the treasures and pleasures of life are of no eternal value.
I love how Jesus transitions from talking about the Rich fool to pleading with His disciples to not be anxious for anything, even food or clothes. For life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. If God cares for even the birds of the fields, how much more will God care for His children. Let us then seek His Kingdom first and we will have no reason to worry because we have a living hope in Jesus.
So, instead, let us come together for more than food, more than drink, and more than earthly pleasure. Let us, as followers of Christ, come together to break bread in remembrance of Jesus and encourage one another to put our sinful lives behind us and live abundantly in Christ.
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