For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
DO NOT WORRY!
24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will
hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and
despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth. The Cure for Anxiety
25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as
to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to
what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than
clothing? 26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor
reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are
you not worth much more than they? 27 "And who of you by being worried
can add a single hour to his life? 28 "And why are you worried about
clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor
do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory
clothed himself like one of these. 30 "But if God so clothes the grass
of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the
furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 "Do
not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or
'What will we wear for clothing?' 32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all
these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these
things. 33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all
these things will be added to you. 34 "So do not worry about tomorrow;
for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its
First of all we have to stop a moment to
see who Jesus is speaking about here. This is a passage which is
probably misused often, coming from a word which is in Matthew 5:45: “-
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes
His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the
righteous and the unrighteous.”
Maybe that's why I have personally, never
heard it in a sermon, what Jesus in fact is saying here.
“Unreasonableness” for our natural thought and emotion towards sinners, makes us close, or constrict, this open embrace for them. But you shall know that from Paul’s, Jesus own and all of the Scriptures entire testimony that nothing can close up for you who actually comes! So come! – Even how unreasonable you may think this is.
The same “constriction” we are so easily
guilty of, towards this passage.
Jesus knows His believers, those who are
of the truth, and therefore so often anxious and worried,
especially by seeing themselves, and therefore gets thoughts like: Can
God…when I am as I am? With my indolence! I’m one of those who
gets going so slow among others.
When Jesus speaks of these birds, the
lilies and the grass that God gives birth to and dresses, it is a
principal point (He makes a point of, as we say) to make it clear
that they don’t work, don’t strive, don’t sow,
don’t reap, don’t harvest, don’t gather and don’t
It is indeed right for us to work, but God gives from grace! God does not give for your efforts sake, but only because He loves you who belong to Jesus!
We also find a word in the Old Testament
that underlines this; in Psalm 127 we read about the difference in those
who have handed over to God to build the house, and those who strive
with this themselves: “It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire
late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved
even in his sleep.”
Who seeks this first, if not the one who is hurting?
But at the same time this passage
contains a serious warning to us. Because who say that they are
completely free for nutritious grieving? This need to “secure himself,”
by the help of economical means.
This is the service of mammon, and
collides immediately with the kingdom of God and its completely
Standing before this the servant of mammon will soon feel aggravation, and with that confirm Jesus word further on in v.24.
This is how the one who has his eyes opened, and found his riches in God, on his side feel contempt to this “indulgment” of earthly riches – as he knows what it is worth at the end.
But we experience also today, spiritual movements who claims to be God’s people (often before others!), but who far above than to preach the crucified and suffering Christ, god fear with moderation among others preaching exactly the joy of mammon made for us almost unlimited by God’s help, and paradise looking, worry free life in this world. It is about performing enough faith, then God will obey us.
Hear what Jesus is saying her: “For the
Gentiles eagerly seek all these things” v.32. God knows – as we
also do – that we need this. (v.32). But what are you focused on?
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