In today’s society, people are anxious and worried about things beyond their control. Jesus Christ taught that we, as authentic and genuine Christians, ought to not give ourselves over to worry and anxiety. This includes being anxious and worried about the things of tomorrow. In Matthew 6:25-34 (New American Standard Bible) the Savior of the world taught his disciples (and those who are open to hear these precious words) not to worry about the things of tomorrow. In fact, we read that even the most basic and essential necessities of life will be provided. The condition, to seek after the Kingdom of God.
In contrast, the Savior compares the creation of the world and how the Father takes care of the sparrows, clothes the flowers, and therefore is aware of the essential needs we have. Unlike the pagans whom Christ says “chase after these things” to satisfy their anxiety and worrisome disposition: Christians are to seek after the Kingdom of God and then those things we stand in need of will be taken care of:
The Cure for Anxiety
25 “For this reason I say to you, [a]do not be worried about your [b]life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the [c]air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single [d]hour to his [e]life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But [f]seek first [g]His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be [h]added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will [i]care for itself. [j]Each day has enough trouble of its own.
[a] Matthew 6:25 Or stop being worried
[b] Matthew 6:25 Lit soul
[c] Matthew 6:26 Lit heaven
[d] Matthew 6:27 Lit cubit (approx 18 in.)
[e] Matthew 6:27 Or height
[f] Matthew 6:33 Or continually seek
[g] Matthew 6:33 Or the kingdom
[h] Matthew 6:33 Or provided
[i] Matthew 6:34 Lit worry about itself
[j] Matthew 6:34 Lit Sufficient for the day is its evils
The reality is that when we shift our focus of the things of God and remove ourselves from seeking the Kingdom of God first, we begin to develop anxiety and worry over those things that we may not have control over. However, by giving ourselves over to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2), we begin to understand and know that we may not be in control, however, our Father in Heaven is always ever in control of our lives. How are we at living authentic and genuine Christian lives? How are we not giving ourselves over to worry and anxiety? This is not only a scriptural based concept that leads toward healthy and meaningful lives, psychology even emphasizes the need for individuals to shift focus from what worries and cause anxiety in the lives of those who are seemingly emotionally and mentally unbalanced. It is through our own thoughts and feelings that produce particular behaviors and consequences of those behaviors. Changing the way we view and think helps us focus on more important means to live healthier lives that produce meaningfulness and purpose.
Living our lives devoted to following the example of the Savior and we can never go wrong.