“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. 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? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 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! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34
I’d never connected verse 25 to the rest of the chapter until tonight.
And it suddenly makes so much more sense!
Jesus has been talking about prayer and fasting, giving and forgiveness. He’s told us that our Father sees us in secret and will reward us. And then out of nowhere comes this comment about not serving both God and wealth. I’ve heard that discussed, and we’ve certainly all probably heard great teaching on not worrying, but seeking the kingdom first.
“No man can serve two masters.” That makes sense. Jesus continues by insisting he will love one and hate the other. And He very clearly states it: “You cannot serve God and wealth.”
And then there’s the connection I’ve read a zillion times and never seen. Did you catch it?
“FOR THIS REASON I say unto you, Do not be worried about your life … “
In other words, because you can’t serve God and wealth, don’t be worried about your life! Because you would come to love one and hate the other, don’t be worried about your life! Don’t worry about your clothes or your food. Because if you do, you will feel you have to serve wealth. You will become trapped in a cycle of providing for yourself and bearing weights God never meant you to bear. He clothes the grass and feeds the birds and we are worth so much more to Him!
Can we seek His Kingdom instead–instead of our own? Can we spend our time in seeking His righteousness–which He has placed within us, by the way–rather than wasting time running aimlessly in the hamster wheel of worry? When will we truly trust that our Daddy has our best interests at heart and He is trustworthy, and when we focus on Him and what He is doing in the world, He will be faithful to provide for us?
That’s an order, apparently.