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6/17/15 – No place for worry in a Believer’s Life

Published: Wednesday, 17 June 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

“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? Look 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?. . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:25-34

These verses clearly puts the world up against the spiritual realm and concludes that only the spiritual things should be a major part of a Christian’s life.

The passage comes in the middle of what is called the “Sermon on the Mount” spoken by Jesus.  There is not much more to say than what Jesus says about our priorities in living a life here on earth.  He turns everything upside-down and inside out.  It comes down to your perspectives of how to live life on this earth.  If you, as a Christian, lived by these verses of the Bible, your life would be so different from other people.  You would definitely be thought of as from another world.  I don’t think that would be too bad.  I hope you don’t either.

 

I have to tell you a story about my wife and me.  When I get ready to go somewhere (like to church), I’ll walk out of the bedroom and hear my loving and beautiful wife say these words, “You’re not wearing that, are you?”  This is an amazing statement, because I am fully dressed and ready to go.  There are some rules about matching colors and no whites before the first day of spring, and only dark colors during winter.  I want to know where these rules come from.  Growing up with three brothers, no one told us these rules.  There are also the shirts that I finally get broken in to the point of being comfortable to wear, and she is ready to throw them in the trash.  Give me a break!  Maybe I’m closer to God about clothes, because I don’t worry about what I am wearing.

I hope you can consider these verses when it comes to purchasing clothes and how much you spend on the brand name, rather than for the utility of what you are buying.  God says He will take care of you.

All He asks and don’t miss this in these verses is, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  There is a freedom in life that comes with thinking of God’s kingdom first and not the things of this world.  Remember God’s Kingdom was lived vicariously through the life of Christ while He was on this earth.  Therefore, I suggest you read and study the four gospels to see how Jesus lived.  I don’t think many of us can live the life He lived, but we sure could learn to treat other people the way He did.  Just that alone would be a huge life-changing event for many of us.

The second thing not to miss is what comes immediately after this: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  When I read words like these in the Bible, I am set free from this world and all of its enticements.  I do not have to worry, because God has already taken care of the future. 

Whenever you are worrying, it is a guarantee that your perspective is on this world and not on God.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict you when you place more importance on the things of this world than the things of God.  Put all of your faith in God and watch your life become one of peace and contentment.  This is the abundant life that Jesus wants you to live.

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