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Living life to the fullest

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing... “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." Matthew 6:25, 31-33

In this passage, we find the word worry or worrying six times. The phrase “That is why” at the beginning of v. 25 is important in helping us understand the relationship between a kingdom servant and the king. From the previous section (vv. 19-24), the Lord Jesus Christ was expounding on His demand for unreserved devotion. Beginning in v. 25, He is now saying to His disciples, “Now that you have demonstrated your total commitment to me, I am going to take care of you. Do not worry.” Our commitment to God and His commitment to us go hand in hand. They are part of the covenant relationship He has established with His people. God promises to those who are totally committed to Him to trust Him in everything. Though the entire passage focuses almost exclusively on God’s provision of food and clothing, however, we must see these two items as simply two concrete examples He used to teach a broader principle. We could just as easily insert any other basic need that can be a source of anxiety. Of what value is worry over such things, anyway? It can’t make you taller or able to live longer. The Christian who is committed to God knows that when trying times come, instead of resorting to worry, he will trust the Lord whom He serves. God does not promise that each day will be glorious, or that if you are a Christian you will have no problems, or that you will be immune from heartache. There will be hardship and God’s admonition is not to add to the inescapable load for they will just create unnecessary burden from the past or the future. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (v. 34).


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