8 Reasons Not To Worry

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In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us not to be anxious three separate times. It must have been something the people needed to hear. It is clearly something we need to hear today in our own lives. So why don’t we listen to him? Why is it so easy to let our minds wander to the “what if’s” and the worst case scenarios? The heart of the matter is a problem of perspective. All too often we focus either on the shortsighted, physical aspects of our lives, forgetting that we fight a greater battle for the kingdom, or we worry ourselves about matters that are really no concern of ours. Jesus speaks to both of these points, and gives us advice for today on how to turn our anxiety into a God-honoring reverence for the limited time we have, and the importance of the mission at hand.

1. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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? – Matthew 6:25

11121287194_7882a130c5_k There are probably very few of us who have had to worry about where our next meal is going to come from, or how we are going to get through the winter without a coat. We do have other anxieties however. Like unexpected medical expenses, or car repairs. The truth in this verse applies to all of these situations. Jesus is telling us that life is bigger than our worries, and not only that, but He is bigger than our worries.

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