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October 17

Matthew 6, 25-27 

Something to read

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 

New Revised Standard Version

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Something to think about

Jesus isn’t afraid to tackle the difficult issues. This passage comes in the middle of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. He has explored our relationship with money and now moves on to talk about the connected issue of worry. It's amazing how this sermon speaks so relevantly 2,000 years on. 

We tend to worry lots in the UK. We worry about things on the macro level, like climate change and international politics, and we also worry about things on the micro level, family relationships and paying the mortgage. But in this segment of Scripture, we are commanded 'do not worry'. Easier said than done?

If the Kingdom of God is about His reign here on earth and in our lives, then we shouldn’t worry because worry comes when we fail to trust God.

Jesus explains that we are more valuable than the birds. If we are so valuable that he would give his life for us, then surely we are valuable enough to know that he hears our prayers and knows our needs?

But do we really realise how valuable to God we are?

In remembering that we are valuable, it is important that this doesn’t become an excuse to sit around and do nothing! Although the birds don’t store away in barns, they are busy creatures.

In the same way, we are to balance this understanding of the fact that we are precious to God while getting on and doing what we have been called to do. We tackle worry by remembering our identity and partnering with the King.

Something to do

Write a list of all of the things that are worrying you at the moment. Then pray through the list, giving each worry over to God.

Something to pray

Father, I thank you that I am valuable to you.
I thank you that you hear my prayers.
I thank you that you know my needs.
Help me live in my true identity today.
Help me to be worry free.
By Your Spirit, may I experience your peace afresh.

Today's contributor is Andy Frost, Director of Share Jesus International (SJI). Visit the SJI website.


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