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The first thing on the to-do list

November 15, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

“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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-33)

Today, let Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount be a simple reminder to you. No matter what is bringing you anxiety or stress today, no matter what challenges lie ahead or regrets trail behind, be encouraged to seek God first, trusting Him to order the rest. Perhaps the answer is not finding a new strategy, or working harder in your own strength, or making the right connection, but truly dedicating yourself to taking Jesus at His word and seeking Him first. Not only a relationship with Him, but His kingdom, His righteousness, His plan for this world, that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. Believe His promise, that when you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all the things you worry about will be taken care of by your heavenly Father.

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