“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/15/10): Demand #14 “Do Not Be Anxious About The Necessities of Daily Life”

Matthew 6:25-34

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Luke 12:32

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Unlike many empires from the past and in the current times, Jesus’ Kingdom is not built on fear and anxiety.  Rather than using anxiety as a tool to keep his subjects under control, Jesus makes repeated mention for us to not be afraid.  He asks us to lift our eyes from the distractions and trappings of life and to remember the “big picture”.  Life is more than food/pleasures, clothing, and our daily needs.  When we keep our eyes on Jesus and run the race of life that he has for each one of us, we will have all that we need.  Anxiety is useless and drains us of the energy and joy that we will need to live the hard life of faith.  Can we learn to let go and trust Jesus?  I sure hope so.  I’m getting anxious just thinking about it 🙂

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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