By; Pastor Jason Swedeen
Do you have bills that are coming due? Are you wondering whether your car will make it through the winter? Do you wonder what you will eat for supper or whether you will have warm enough clothes for the winter? Do you worry about these things and/or many other things from time to time? All of us have things in our life that can cause us to worry about them, but it doesn’t have to be. You can choose whether to worry or not. It depends on what kingdom you decide to seek and serve with your life?
What does God’s Word say about worrying? Matthew 6:25-26 says, “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? (26) 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?”
The word ‘therefore’ means that what is being said now is directly related to
understanding some key points from the previous verses. We find a huge key in vs. 24. It says that we cannot serve two masters, one, being God and the other being riches, or materialism, having possessions.
You have the choice of serving God, who is the Creator and is forever, or serve riches, which are a created thing and are only temporary. Serving riches, or material possessions, is a focus on yourself, a ‘created’ being, seeking the kingdom of self, which is temporary. Serving God is a focus on His purpose and desire for you, seeking His kingdom, which is forever.
The key here is that you can only serve on master and you must choose whom it will be. You will get different results from both: (1) life, from that which is forever—the kingdom of God and (2) death, from that which is temporary—the kingdom of self.
Keeping this in mind, let’s go back to vs. 25. Jesus makes a command and says, “Do not worry about your life.” Why does He say this? Jesus knows that worrying is not healthy. Worry comes through the things we say, think and do. Worry produces anxiety, stress,
pressure and more in our lives. These results of worrying start causing health problems in our life. We were never created to worry about ourselves, but rather to fulfill God’s purpose for our life in His kingdom. When we step out of the ‘order’ that God has established for us to live in, then we become vulnerable to the ‘disorder’ that is in the kingdom of self. Verse 25 says that life is more than food and the body more than clothing. When we are in kingdom of self, we worry about the surface needs of life rather than the deeper purpose of life. Yes, we need to eat and yes, we need clothing for our body, but food and clothing are just surface needs that we have. God created us and has a great purpose for: (1) our life than to be just a storage container for food and (2) our body than to be a clothes hanger. Verse 26 makes the
comparison that even though the birds don’t sow seeds in order to have food, God, our
heavenly Father, meets their needs and yet we are of even greater importance to God than
Now, if you question your importance to God because of things done in the past or present, then 1 John 1:9 is for you. It says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ‘Forgive us our sins’ means they are washed away. God doesn’t hold them against you if you confess them and turn from them. Another truth is that God loves you because He created you and there is nothing that will change that, but he doesn’t love the sin.
You also may say, “But, you don’t know my father.” No, I don’t, but I can say with confidence that whatever your experience is with your earthly father, whether good or bad, the heavenly Father is perfect in every way and will outlast and outdo an earthly father’s ability, or lack of, to love you and meet your needs. In fact, there are many needs that you have that only God, the heavenly Father can meet. He is faithful towards you in all His ways. With this understanding, God the Father knows your needs and will meet them.
So you ask, “How can I stop worrying?” It is impossible on your own, but not with Jesus. It is only through being yielded to the Lordship of Jesus in your life, letting Him reign and rule in your life, giving Him first place. Life is a gift from God to you. Not for you, but to honor Him with it. We must trust God to meet our needs as He has called us to fulfill His purpose and desires that He has for our life.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “ ... he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” And Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” God will take care of us. He will meet the needs that we have if we respond with obedience to seek His kingdom with diligence, first. He rewards those who seek Him, but it’s not just with meeting our needs. He wants to bless us with an abundance above and beyond our needs. It takes being focused on the kingdom of God and not the kingdom of self. What kingdom is first in your life? What kingdom are you seeking? One that is forever or one that is temporary?