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Worry is Worldly

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

The context of this verse is the Sermon on the Mount – one of the most extensive documentations of the preaching and teaching of Jesus.  In this section of it, Jesus addresses the common questions each of us face in order to survive: how am I going to pay bills? etc.  In essence, Jesus cautions us not to worry about these human concerns or obligations, and instead we are to place our greatest priority on seeking God’s Kingdom.

Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’  For the (pagan) Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; (but do not worry,) for your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right – the attitude and character of God), and all these things will be given to you also.  Matthew 6:31-33 (AMP)

Worry is worldly.  Shouldn’t the Christian live differently than those who have no relationship with God?  Yes.  Notice the word “But” – “But seek first His kingdom…”  In other words, instead of being anxious and worrying, there is a better way.  Rather than being like the pagans who are concerned only about their physical needs, the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven should be concerned about and seek after the things of God.  The word “seek” means ‘to actively pursue’ or ‘to go after’.  It’s in the present tense and thus implies seeking continuously.  In order to seek the kingdom, you must first seek the King and His rule, and over your entire life.

“…and all these things will be given to you also.”  Jesus had already said, “…for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”  Isn’t that beautiful?  There is no need to worry or stress.  We don’t have to worry about any of “these things” because we have a sovereign Father in heaven who cares for us.

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