We live in a tremendously materialistic culture.
It seems the focus is all about the accumulation of wealth.
iow, getting more things & acquiring the most stuff.
It drives us to distraction.
We are called upon to be & do things that can be overwhelminf & contrary to the nature of God.
Jesus spoke about all that.
He basically said that if we trust God, He will take care of us.
How many of us REALLY believe that?
And how many of us spend foolish amounts of time “taking care of ourselves”?
I know I do.
But here in Matthew 6, the 2nd chapter in His towering teaching called the Sermon of the Mount, Jesus addresses all that.
What would our lives look like if we really believed what He says in these few verses?
19 "Don't store up treasures here on earth,
where moths eat them and rust destroys them,
and where thieves break in and steal.
20 Store your treasures in heaven,
where moths and rust cannot destroy,
and thieves do not break in and steal.
21 Wherever your treasure is,
there the desires of your heart will also be.
22 "Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body.
When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.
23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness.
And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 "No one can serve two masters.
For you will hate one and love the other;
you will be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money.
25 "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?
26 Look at the birds.
They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns,
for your heavenly Father feeds them.
And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?
27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 "And why worry about your clothing?
Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.
They don't work or make their clothing,
29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.
Why do you have so little faith?
31 "So don't worry about these things, saying,
'What will we eat?
What will we drink?
What will we wear?'
32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers,
but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else,
and live righteously,
and he will give you everything you need.
34 "So don't worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will bring its own worries.
Today's trouble is enough for today.