Thursday, October 9, 2008

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Perhaps you've thought something like this: "I wish I could go help someone in a third-world country. I wish I could go on a missionary trip to build a church or a health clinic and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who have never heard.

Unfortunately money is tight right now. In fact, money has been tight for years now. But I'm working my way up the financial ladder and once I finally feel secure then I'll go. I'm not one of those people who can dedicate their whole life to introducing others to Jesus. I have a career and a family to think about. I need to keep clothes on our backs, food on the table and a roof over our head. You understand, I'm sure."

And yet...there is that passage:

Matthew 6:25-34, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

That is such a beautiful promise. God says if we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will provide for us abundant life. He will meet our needs, whether they be for food, drink, clothing, shelter or whatever else we need. It seems like the world has it backwards (like everything else), for we try to provide for ourselves first, and only after we're secure do we start truly seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

This passage of the Bible often seems like it's speaking directly to me. And I'm sure that, through God's Spirit, it really is. I hope it speaks to you too.

Can you imagine what would happen if we all decided to stop worrying about our own lives and started worrying only about spreading the Gospel of Christ?! How amazing it would be to see the Latter Rain poured out on the Church and watch them finish the work!

1 comment:

  1. "Don't worry about anything. Pray about everything." It is tough to do, but I keep working at it. Your words help! Andy