This past Sunday we talked about Matthew 6:19-34 and the importance of not worrying but trusting in God that He will give us a future that we will love. In these verses (Matthew 6:25-27) section Jesus uses some rhetoric in order to make his point:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
His questions are pretty easy, aren’t they? He says, isn’t life more important than food or clothes? Of course Jesus. And look at the birds, and how God takes care of them…aren’t you more valuable than they are? The answer again: of course Jesus!
So what this seems to imply is Jesus will take care of us. But sometimes when we say this, some people tend to think “I’ll trust in God and rely on Him to do what He said.” And while we can certainly trust in His promises one of the important things we need to remember about the birds is how hard they work! Birds, if you watch them, are one of the hardest working creatures out there. They have to work for everything: to get their food, to go anywhere, to build their nest, etc. When you look at a bird, and what I think Jesus is telling us here, is that trust in him is of utmost importance, but it doesn’t mean we can just sit around and expect things to happen. One of the things we have to be thankful of and remember is that just like God gave birds the ability to think and build nests and find food, God gave us the ability to do things and to create and to work in order to not have to worry!
So don’t worry…but at the same time, don’t just sit around. God has given you abilities and gifts He wants you to use today. What can you do today to help grow and advance the kingdom of God?