We’ve all experienced worry/anxiety at one point or another: tension with a friend, paying the bills next month, traveling, etc. There’s a lot in the world that you can worry about, right? Well, worry is a trap.
Let me preface with these three questions: what do you do for a living? What are you living for? If you were to receive news that you only have 1 week to live, would you be happy with what you’ve lived for?
Think about that during the rest of this post and spend time to reflect on your answers when you’re done reading. I’ll remind you at the end.
† Worry is a worthless endeavor †
We worry about things that haven’t even happened and that [probably] won’t ever happen. It’s a never ending payment plan that makes us pay, and pay, and pay, and pay, and pay, and pay. It’s exhausting.
This morning at church, our pastor was telling a story about when he was younger and went on a log ride at an amusement park with his dad. He said that he was terrified of rollercoasters. He was going along the ride and his dad kept reminding him “You’re okay, You can trust me”… he was reminded of this constantly throughout the ride and then came the incline, bringing them closer and closer to the top of the hill before they went zooming down the coaster. Apparently at the top of the coaster there is a ledge that people who are really freaked out can step out of the log and get off of the ride. He decided to go for it. He stood up and had one leg out of the boat before his dad grabbed him by the shirt and yanked him back in the log. At the bottom of the fall, his dad looks at him and says: See. You are okay. I told you you could trust me.
Jesus is like that too. If you look at Luke chapter 12 verses 22-34 he tells us this.. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life.
Jesus tells us simply that you don’t need to worry. Worried about a test? Don’t be. No food at the table tonight? That okay. Just don’t worry about it. Clothes too small to wear? Yep. I know. Don’t worry about it, Jesus tells us.
For if He cares for the ugliest birds in the world, how much more does He care for you! Jesus doesn’t say “I’ll give you anything, even up to half of the kingdom” he just says “ask for the kingdom”. He tells us to just go for it! Go for it all! Don’t hold back! How do we know he’ll give us the kingdom? Because he gave us the King. He gave us His son… so what would he not give?
Worry ≠ Trust. Trust that he will give us everything that we need. You don’t need to worry. He’s got you! I know this is easier said than done, but I encourage you to try.
Instead of being like our pastor this morning on the rollercoaster with his dad, be more like his daughter. He got on a rollercoaster with his daughter and his daughter turns to him and goes: Dad, I get on and I’m so scared. I have butterflies all over my stomach. But even though I’m scared now, I know at the end I’m going to be so glad I did it!
Sooo…what do you do for a living? What are you living for? If you were to receive news that you only have 1 week to live, would you be happy with what you’ve lived for?
Be more like his daughter. Take that leap of faith and seek his kingdom.