For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? (Matthew 6:25 NASB)
For what reason?
As I said on 11/27 in my post Treasure, Lamp and Master this next paragraph in the Sermon on the Mount about anxiety flows out of a close examination of who is in charge in your life.
Jesus is giving us the antidote to Mammon worship. I told you a few days ago to break the hold of Mammon by giving.
Here is another tactic that works. Break the cycle of anxiety.
Mammon’s worship service is a fretting session.
And look who is in the front row – the poor!
I know I have thought of Mammon worship as a rich man’s sin – like the rich young ruler who could not leave his riches and follow Jesus.
But Jesus, preaching on a hillside to the multitudes of the day’s poor tell them not to worry about – food and shelter. These are not the worries of a rich man. These are the woes of the poor.
Don’t get me wrong, as I pointed out earlier Mammon worship is a danger to us all, but clearly the poor are not excluded, and there is an antidote to this problem.
That’s it! Pretty simple plan.
Hey, if you take this and add it back to the beginning of Chapter 5 we could even say
Don’t worry, Be happy!
Good advice for today.
Come back tomorrow and we will dig a bit deeper, but for today, I hope to hear you whistling down the halls.