“Take no thought …”

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Matthew 6.25

The things Jesus talks about here are what we would call “life essentials.” We need food and drink and something with which to clothe our bodies. V. 26 brings these thoughts into sharp contrast with how God provides for the animals. Let’s look: “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” If He provides for them as their Creator, will He not provide for us as our Redeemer?

We know the answer is “yes” but we still are prone to worry at times. As we continue reading in Matthew 6, we come to v. 33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” I believe God is calling us away from being overly concerned about the things that seem to occupy our minds each day. He is calling us to something far more important, and that is His kingdom.

If there was no kingdom work for us to do after we are saved, then why doesn’t He just take us on to heaven and get it over with? I don’t think any of us really believe there is nothing for us to do related to God’s kingdom, but I do think we are intimidated by the prospect of doing something for God in our own strength. He has NEVER asked us to do that. I learned long ago that with God’s calling goes His enabling. That has always been true for me. Are you willing to “Take no thought for your life …” but rather “seek … first the kingdom of God … ”? I pray that each of us will find encouragement in these verses and give Him our best without worry. Just my thoughts …

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