Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:31-34
Look around at YouTube long enough and you’ll find a host of “preppers.” These are people preparing for a future disastrous event, whether it be government take over, financial collapse, natural mega-disaster and the list goes on. They teach you how to store food, guns and ammunition. They tell you about having a “bug out bag” ready so you are ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
Now, I’m not knocking these people or anyone that is storing up for ‘whatever.’ I believe it’s alright to have a couple of months of food set back. If some type of natural disaster hits, it may be good to have some beans and rice set back or something to that effect. But, I don’t believe that if something major happens (like the government turning against it’s people) that we’ll be able to store enough food and water to survive very long. Just as an example, if you’re out running through the woods and fighting and doing hard-core physical labor or exercise, you would have to have at least a gallon of water a day, just to drink. So how would a person be able to “bug-out” with enough water for 2 or 3 days ? During WWII, there was a resistance movement. The Jews that took to the woods weren’t able to take enough food and water with them. They had to rely on the farmers in the area for help. They told about how hard it was to find enough water to live.
If you’re into this kind of stuff… more power to you. But I’d like to tell you another way to prepare for the future. Jesus tells us to store up our treasures in Heaven. We should be prepping for the return of Jesus. We should have our spiritual bug-out bag ready to leave at a moment’s notice. If someone comes to you for food, are you going to turn them away? Are you going to stick a 12-gauge shotgun in their face and tell them to leave or they’ll die? That is not the example that Jesus gives.
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Matthew 5:39-41
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52
The Bible also teaches us that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Could you, as a Christian, turn people away and have a clear conscience about it? If you don’t show mercy, how do you expect to be shown mercy? If we don’t show compassion, how can we be shown compassion?
We could go on and on about this from both sides, it all boils down to this… We need to be ready to meet the Lord, and once we’ve made that preparation, we should tell others how to prepare as well. We are also to be used as Jesus’ hands and feet to help meet the needs of others. That is how we store up for our future, or “lay up treasures in Heaven”.
When we stand before Jesus, will we say’ “Lord, I helped my neighbor;” or are we going to say’ “Lord, I stuck a shotgun in his face and ran him off because I was afraid I was going to go hungry.” Just something to think about.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew 25:41-46
Until next time…
Steven Walker Sr.