Matthew 6:25

Ezra 5, Matthew 6:25-34


Matthew 6:25 (New International Version)

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 than food, and the body more than clothes?


No worries. That sums up this passage in two words.

No worries. It is a great Australian expression. Sometimes it reflects simply a sunnily optimistic attitude to life. Sometimes it reflects a lack of engagement, even recklessness. It might even be called a “devil-may-care” attitude, the exact opposite of what Jesus is saying here, for Jesus bases his instruction “do not worry” on the fact of the matter that the “Father-does-care”.

Jesus’ reasoning is simple. God cares enough to provide food for birds and apparel for flowers. God cares for you more than that, so God will certainly provide for you.

Jesus is not saying that food and drink, the body and clothing, are of no importance, but that they are of little importance. Life is more than that. In first place is God – his kingdom and his righteousness – and everything else follows.

Too easy. Not a problem. No worries.

 

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One thought on “Matthew 6:25

  1. Thank you Helen and Roger. If only it was a reality for Christians not to worry!!!! Ive always found it interesting that as Christians we do pay more attention to the commands that say do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal etc but when we hear Jesus say, “Do not worry”, the church seems to be deaf. Worry is the opposite of faith. Worry is now shown to have a direct link to our health. Worry is also the opposite of worship. Worry, if left unchecked, will consume our thoughts and can give Satan a foothold. For those who are prone to worry Jesus doesn’t condemn but He reaches out His hand to say,”I’m with you in this, give Me your worries and anxiety, be humble enough to ask Me for help and I will help you”.

    I remember walking past a group of women at a church and as I stood close enough to hear their conversation each one was telling the others about all the things that they were each worried about. It took all my strength not to interject and say that they were being a terrible witness to this hurting world. But it also showed me that Christians need to get serious about how they handle the concerns that this world will throw at them.

    Jesus said, ” in this world you will have trouble but cheer up I have overcome this world”.

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