Don’t Worry…Be Gracious

Matthew 6:25-34 – 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,j or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 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? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?k 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of Godl and hism righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

We should be slow to treat Jesus as if He doesn’t know what He is doing. Jesus is not naïve in the way He deals with our worry. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tells us three times not to worry (vv. 25, 31, 34) and He gives us eight truthful and sound reasons on why we shouldn’t worry. Evidently, Jesus thinks these reasons will help us look at our day-to-day life in a more peaceful and gracious way.

With that being said, I challenge you not call these reasons simplistic, but instead, The GRACE of God. Believe Jesus, not me. Take every reason and preach it to your soul as the living truth and until your heart is content. Say, “Soul, this is true, because Jesus says so. Trust Jesus, because He died for me. Jesus loves me and He created me to live in peace and not worry. Jesus is in relationship with me always. No one – no counselor, no pastor, no relative, no spouse and no friend – knows more about me than Jesus does. Listen to Jesus and not the worries, circumstances and haters of this world. Let these reasons sink in, so they can be etched in your soul. Now, let’s get up and do what we need to do. Be gone worry…God’s “got’ me!”

Here’s a summary of what Jesus said:

1. Life is more than food and the body more than clothing (v. 25).
2. God feeds the birds and you are more valuable than they are (v. 26).
3. Worrying is pointless. It adds not one hour to your life (v.27).
4. If God clothes the grass, He will clothe eternal you (v.28-30).
5. Unbelievers worry about stuff. And you are not an unbeliever (v.32a).
6.Your Father knows that you need all these things that you worry about (v.32b).
7. When you seek first God’s Kingdom and righteousness, what you need is added to you (v.33).
8. I AM sufficient for today’s trouble. Tomorrows troubles will stay there (v.34).

About the Author
Pastor Eric Todd Sr. is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Charles L. Todd and is the eldest of four children. As an adolescent and young adult, Eric was actively involved in numerous church related activities of servitude, such as, being a Youth Mentor, Outreach Coordinator, Youth Leader and an Ordained Elder. Since accepting his calling and ordination, Eric has held the positions of Executive Pastor, Youth Minister and served on the Finance Committee of the church. Some of Eric’s current social involvements include Students First of Georgia, Real Men Read of Atlanta and The Atlanta Mission-Ending Homelessness.

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