By; Pastor Jason Swedeen
With job’s being lost, retirements vanishing, and the like, not even to speak of all the things that are affected by those, there’s a lot of people worried about the future. It’s showing just how frail life really is.
In Matthew 6:25, 32, Jesus 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?...your heavenly Father knows that you need these things.”
Worry comes to distract and preoccupy us with things that are not important and were not meant to be important. You read that right! ‘Worry’ comes. You can call it an ‘IT’. You don’t have to accept it, but the only way to overcome it is to stand on a solid foundation that will not be moved by circumstances. It’s called ‘Truth’. The Bible declares that Jesus is the only ‘Truth’, the ‘Way’ and the ‘Life’.
One of the things that is being spoken of here is that there is a lesser care and a greater care. In these verses, the Father promises to meet the lesser cares. They aren’t the most important, but they will always distract and preoccupy us from the things that are most important when we try to meet them in our strength. The greater care has to do with our life and body and it is only ourselves that can make the decision of what we will do with those greater cares.
What is their condition? If we yield to worry, then their condition is weak. If we yield to ‘trust in Father’ then their condition is strong and will not fail. Losing a job or a house, though hard to go through, is not as big of a thing as losing your life or even your soul.
I was just talking to an individual last week who told me that it was a strong possibility that he might be losing his house. He told me that he wasn’t concerned because he would just find another place. His kids were safe and healthy, had food on the table, and he was overcome by the ‘trust of the Father’, which gave him great peace, instead of being overcome by worry and fear.
Jesus, in Matthew 6:24, said that we cannot serve two masters: God and riches(or material possessions). To serve is to be a slave—whether voluntarily or involuntarily. It’s not always a bad thing, but we will always serve something. You can be a slave to your circumstances, which don’t care about you at all, or you can be a slave, voluntarily, to God, who loves and cares about you every little thing in your life.
God did not cause any of the economic struggles, but He certainly will use the events which will in turn, draw a line in the sand. Are you going to serve ‘worry’, or will you serve your heavenly Father who wants to take care of you and is more able to do it then we are?
If we liken ‘trusting the Father’ to water, then, it’s not just dipping our feet in the water off the dock. It’s jumping in the water over our heads. It’s full body, mind, heart submersion, being surrendered fully to the Lord. He’s our life saver, our life guard, our life preserver—our everything.
If we don’t have Jesus, then, we don’t have anything or anyone to hold on to that will be a solid rock for us to stand strong on. Without Jesus, we will fall. Stand with and for Jesus, for He’s standing with and for you. Make Him your Master today! He came to give you life and have it more abundantly.
Now that’s ‘LIVING LIFE’!!