Church of Christ
Locks Cross Roads
The same faith that trusts God for grace and guidance must also trust Him for garments and groceries.
For you heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Peter (1st Peter 5:7) puts it eloquently:
Cast all your anxieties upon Him, for He cares about you.
Jesus is constantly trying to restore our proper perspective (Matthew 6:22-23): life does not consist in concern for
the merely physical and sensual aspect of existence. Food, clothing and shelter are not man's greatest problems
and must not sap his strength from his one main true obsession: kingdom righteousness.
THE APPROVED, ADEQUATE ANTIDOTE FOR ANXIETY (Matthew 6:33).
But seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. This is Jesus'
positive answer to worry and covetousness, a lifestyle guaranteed to lead His followers into that peace of soul that
only he can know who knows that he belongs to God.
11) Matthew 6 - Faith overcomes anxiety
Seek first is an interesting command because Jesus does not say what to "seek second." He knows that He has
nothing to worry about from the man who puts God's will first and who trusts God for all the rest.
Marshall had a good quote:
"Men are prone to put economic considerations first and to sacrifice moral principles for sake of their daily
bread. The plea "I must live" is often advanced as an excuse for unethical behavior. When business men
argue that "business is business" they usually mean that it is exempt from ethical control . . . This word of Jesus
is a call to moral heroism, to the high resolve to do that which is right in the sight of God whether it brings gain
or loss, prosperity or adversity. Whatever happens, moral claims must be met first."
His kingdom means God's rule. His will. His righteousness means seeking to be righteous on His terms. God wants
to give us the kingdom and all the benefits of His rule (Luke 12:32). Why should we worry about all these other
Matthew 6:34 Only when we learn to live one day at a time can we really stop worrying. Worry about tomorrow is the
sin of presumptuousness, for to do so one must necessarily assume that God will give him a day that He has not
promised. The worrier might not even live to see the next day and thus he will have sinned by taking out of God's
hands a day that did not belong to him and never would exist for him.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Jesus is using the word evil in the sense of "adversity, problems, troubles,
trials and difficulties", not however without some flavor of "moral failure" mixed in. The point is this: we must not
borrow trouble from tomorrow as if today did not have it already in sufficient quantity.