Devotion in Motion
“Then (Jesus) said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.” Life is more than food and fashion. Don’t get mired down in trivial, material concerns and miss out on why you were created – for God, for eternity, for heaven! Here’s a command from Jesus: “Do not worry about your life.”
Worry isn’t a defect or character flaw. It’s a sin. Jesus doesn’t suggest we not worry. He commands us. And He gives us three reasons why… First, worry is irreverent. “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them.
Of how much more value are you than the birds?” If God cares for ravens who dot the sky for just a short while, how much more will He care for His kids, who He’ll live with Him forever. Worry is an insult to His faithfulness.
“And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?” Worry is irrelevant. Say you’re vertically challenged. Start worrying. Worry for hours. Yet all your worrying won’t add a fraction to your height. Worry changes nothing about our circumstances.
“Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” Worry is irreverent, irrelevant, and it’s irresponsible. “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Worry is an absolute waste! While you’re worrying over matters God promises to provide, major issues go unattended. This is why we’re told. “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.
For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
God will supply our material needs. We need to focus on God’s kingdom. His reign in our lives. If you want to worry about something worthwhile, worry about the issues that concern God – like the folks around you who are going to hell – like the health of your own spiritual life – like the strength of your church. Here’s the irony, the key to overcoming worry is worry.
Worry about the right stuff and you won’t have time for irreverent, irrelevant, and irresponsible worry.
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