Why Worry?

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your 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? Look at the birds of the 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? –Matthew 6: 25-26

I would say that one of my worst qualities is that I worry way too much! Like Martha in Luke 10, who was busy worrying about many things, I find myself getting carried away with little things, and spending less time sitting at the feet of Jesus. In the Scripture above, Jesus clearly points out that if He cares for the birds of the air He will definitely care for us. When we get caught up in the worries of this world, we lose sight of who Christ is in our lives. The more I worry, the less I depend and trust in God. Martha spent her time worrying about the fact that Mary was not helping her, while Mary used her time with Jesus. Mary was commended by Jesus for using her time wisely by choosing, “the good part, that which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10: 41).

Spending time in the Word of God is an essential part of our walk with the Lord. When we meditate on Scripture, it begins to condition and transform our minds to focus more on Christ and less on the worries of this world.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6: 33

When we put His Kingdom first, and worry about what He wants us to live for, then everything else will fall into place. Everything else will begin to make sense. I have wasted years of my life worrying about things that essentially don’t matter. What matters in my short time on this earth is how am I living for Christ and how am I spending my time with Him. Prioritizing our time so that we can be in His word is essential for Christian growth. In order to actually believe the words of Jesus in Matthew 6, we have to spend time in prayer and meditation. In doing that, God will renew our mind and prepare our heart for the things that this world may throw at us. He will prepare us to learn to depend on Him rather than waste time worrying!

Depending on God requires hard work and dedication, but in the end it is so worth it! Over the months, I have learned what it means to truly depend on Him for my every need. His grace and His love sustains me, and that is all I need to get by each day! I can etiher waste my time concerned about what this world can offer me, or I can spend my time in His presence, trusting in His goodness. I encourage you to look within your heart and examine if you are fully committing everything to Him. Are you consumed with the perishable things that the world may offer you, or are you consumed with the love of Christ, knowing that He will provide for your every need?

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