I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.
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"DON'T WORRY ABOUT MATERIAL THINGS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN
DON'T WORRY ABOUT MATERIAL THINGS
I WAS READING MATTHEW 6 AND IN VERSES 25 JESUS SAYS NOT TO THINK ABOUT OUR LIVES OR THE THINGS WE NEED TO SURVIVE. (MATTHEW 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?)
I WONDERED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE HOW COULD WE NOT THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS. JESUS, HIMSELF, THOUGHT ABOUT PAYING HIS TAXES. (MATTHEW 17:27 Not withstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.) WHY WOULD JESUS TELL US TO "TAKE NO THOUGHT" OF THESE THINGS?
THE ANSWER LIES IN WHAT THE WORD "THOUGHT" OR THE GREEK WORD "MERIMNAO", WHICH WAS USED HERE, WHICH MEANS "TO BE ANXIOUS OR CAREFUL". WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WORRY OR BE PREOCCUPIED WITH THINKING ABOUT OUR NEEDS.
THE BIBLE SAYS GOD KNOWS OUR NEEDS BEFORE WE EVEN ASK HIM. IF WE DO BECOME PREOCCUPIED WITH ALL THE THINGS WE NEED AND LUST AFTER MATERIAL THINGS, THEN WE CANNOT FULLY GIVE GOD THE TIME HE DESERVES. THIS IN TURN TAKES AWAY FROM HAVING A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
JESUS SAYS IN MATTHEW 6:19-21 TO "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." I WANT MY HEART TO BE IN HEAVEN, HOW ABOUT YOU?
JESUS ALSO SAYS IN LUKE 12:31 "But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you." LET'S SEEK HIM, NOT JUST BECAUSE ALL OF THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED, BUT JUST BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.