“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?”
Matthew 6:25 (NIV)
Worry reveals what we love and worship. Anxiety uncovers our idols. Such is what Jesus tells His disciples in Matthew 6:25. But let’s backtrack a bit to behold this.
In Matthew six, Jesus teaches about godly generosity (6:1-4), prayer and pardon (6:5-15), and faithful fasting (6:16-18). Then, in 6:19-24, He states the need to lay our treasures in heaven, where no moth and rust can reach. He concludes by clarifying how “You cannot serve God and Money.”
The inferential conjunction ‘therefore’ which commences Matthew 6:25 refers to the last clause of 6:24. Its point is this: since you cannot serve God and money, therefore, do not worry. The idea is that worry discloses who our true master is. It is an indicator of misplaced love.
Think about what makes you most restless: your child is not doing well in school. Maybe your job security is at stake despite the unforgiving bills. Perhaps your doctor delivered bad news— your health will not improve.
Now consider why you are worried: is it because your child’s future is in the hands of academic performance? And who provides for us— jobs or God? Or who gives life? Hospitals?
‘Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing?’ Did God not freely provide breath and body? If so, can you trust Him to care for you? I hope you now see how worry reveals what we love and worship.
Dear believer, determine to be a non-worrier. You belong to a Father who cherishes and cares for you!
Jesus has seized you to be a non-worrier!
This is the fifth in the “Seized to Be A Hero in the Faith” series of blog posts and is a special submission from Joseph Byamukama, the Founder and Team Leader at Veracity Fount Uganda, a ministry that exists to participate in building Africa’s Theological Foundations within the context of the local Church. Joseph also serves with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries-Uganda as a Christian Apologist, helping thinkers believe, and believers think.