Luke 12:29-31Luke 12:29-31 Seeking God's Kingdom and Trusting in Him to Supply All Our Needs
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By Frank L. Hoffman

"And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well." Luke 12:29-31

These verses are a perfect example of those which can be used by flesh-eaters and vegans alike to "prove" their own points of interest.

Those who eat flesh can say that they are not concerned with what they eat for they will eat anything, and that those who refuse to eat flesh (vegans) are concerned about what they eat.

And vegans can reverse that claim by saying that flesh-eaters are concerned with "having their meat", while vegans are not.

The key to understanding these verses is found in verse 31, "But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well." In the kingdom there will no longer be any harm done to humans, to non-humans, or to the environment. Thus, to me, to seek God's kingdom is to also desire it to come to earth (Luke 11:2 and Matthew 6:10) with all its glory, which also means a restoration of God's original intent; a state of being in which there is no pain or suffering or death.

Kingdom Living, the objective of seeking the Kingdom of God, must, by definition, be a lifestyle in which people will trust explicitly in the Lord for and about everything. Kingdom Living is also to desire to live totally within God's will and intent. Thus, we should no longer desire those things which are outside that which exists in the kingdom. Since flesh eating did not exist in the Garden of Eden, and it does not exist in heaven, then to participate in the eating of flesh is to be concerned about things outside the Kingdom. Kingdom Living is to trust the Lord to supply all the food we need in the form of plants and fruits, as it was in Eden.

Some people, when they hear that I eat no flesh or animals products, will say, "Then what do you eat." My answer is, "Everything else!" Our society has been so conditioned to base their diet on the death of others that they find it hard to think in any other way. Since becoming a vegan, I have never wanted or needed a greater variety of foods, for we now eat much more "differently", "elaborately" and "excitingly" than we ever did before. We sought first His Kingdom, and He has indeed added all these things to us.

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