Would you agree, the average person spends too much of their time worrying? And then there’s Jesus; He went to great lengths to get worry and fear out of the hearts of His followers. He was constantly reassuring them that they were more precious than the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. No doubt, even though the rest of the world may live in stress over what they are going to eat or what they are going to wear, He – Jesus, wants us to know, that as His friends and citizens of His Kingdom we can be carefree about such matters. He tells us again and again not to worry because He is fully capable of caring for us.
And, have you ever noticed that Jesus did not tell us not to worry because nothing bad will ever happen? Yes, He promised provision, but only after declaring a larger principle: Our lives are to be about things greater than food and clothes. And yes, He is God the provider, but He is also God of the bigger picture. Above and beyond, everything we face in this tangible world, our lives, as His friends, are rooted in a larger story than the day-to-day narrative most people see us living in.
Is it any wonder why worry doesn’t fit very well into the Kingdom culture of God? Why is that true? Because it is more focused on the smaller story. It’s like a reader who gets the facts of the plot but misses the over-arching themes. So too do we, when we worry. We miss the truth between the lines of our lives. The good news is, God sees the bigger picture and invites us into it. He gives us a greater perspective.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” (Luke 12:25)
Worry isn’t in the heart of The King of the universe – not even a trace of it. Therefore, it shouldn’t be in the hearts of those who are His children and citizens of His Kingdom. We can live with full confidence He will never neglect us who belong to Him. In fact, those who are faithful to Him are never forsaken by Him (Psalm 37:25). That frees us up to focus entirely on the larger themes of life. God doesn’t want you or me distracted by the peripheral details of life; He wants our hearts fully engaged with what He is doing in the world. Instead of being preoccupied with survival, He wants us to be invested as His partners and trust our needs to Him whose promised to meet every one of them. Now that’s how We Can Live Carefree. Agree?
Have a cheerful and undistracted weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who know He will always meet their needs better than they’re able to care for themselves, and that’s the way they prefer it.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)