By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Jesus, when he first said the words in today’s scripture in his Sermon on the Mount, he was addressing an audience of thousands of people who had a lot to worry about, probably a lot more than you and I have to worry about. They’re there because they wanted to see the new celebrity, the new famous rabbi. Some of them are there because they’re sick and they heard that this traveling itinerant preacher is actually a prophet and can heal people.
So, there’s Jesus, he’s preaching and healing people, not just because he wants them to be well, but he wants them to see that he’s living in a different reality. He tells all of them, “Don’t worry about your life, what you’re going to eat, and what you’re going to drink. And don’t worry about your body, what you’re going to wear.” Then he asks them, “Isn’t life more important than food and the body more important than clothing?” Imagine, he’s standing there before people that are hurting, sick, old, who have lost everything. He says, “Don’t worry about it.”
That’s a different message than the message the world is giving us, isn’t it? Very different.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I do worry about so many things. I try to stay positive, but I hear the news, I see others suffering, I feel a new ache or pain, and I fall right back into worry. Help me to find a way to leave all my worries at your feet. Amen.
Reflection: What is your greatest worry? How can God help you with that worry?