Matthew 6: 25-34 NIV
25 “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 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—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew, one of the apostles, chosen by Jesus to spread Christian religion, was a tax collector. This was not a job for the fainthearted, but those who didn’t mind stealing. He would have been taking money for Caesar and taking some for himself. This was a common practice among tax collectors at this time. But when he met Jesus and witnessed a miracle, he put all of this aside and joined Him in spreading the good news. Just amazing!
Letting go of everything you cling to and joining Jesus.
My grandmother was known for one thing and it was commonly discussed during dinner, and that was worrying. As a kid, I thought that it was something you end up doing as you grow old. You just worry. She even had a stone purchased for her from Ireland. This stone we called her worry stone. She would place it under her thumb and support it with her other fingers. Then she would rub it back and forth with her thumb to take her worries away. Her stone was practically worn so that a few more rubs and she would have had two.
Growing up my perception was that if you worry about “it” enough you may just be prepared if that worry should happen, or worrying may even cause it not to happen. This perception crept into my day to day living. I would worry over guests coming and need to prepare the day before. I would worry about others and their well being constantly. I would worry I wouldn’t be able to accomplish a task and begin to make myself frozen in fear. I would worry about worrying too much. It became habitual.
Could I let go of what I was holding on to?
I realized I was not in control and that no matter how hard I thought, pondered, obsessed, and worried, it wasn’t going to change the outcome. God is in control and I needed faith. The faith that Matthew had to let go of what he knew, a life of wealth stolen from others. I can only imagine the worry he had over who would take what wasn’t his to own. No one can take away what was given; the love of Jesus. I need to trust that He loves me, and wants to take care of my every need. Only then will I have peace.
Phillippians 4:7 NIV
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.