Vs. 33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Yesterday’s chapter, Jesus focused on inward attitudes toward’s outward actions. As we continue the “Sermon on the Mount”, we see Jesus address the outward actions of giving, prayer and fasting. Don’t misunderstand…Jesus is not saying that we must not do these things. Rather, it is the motive of our heart. We are also taught by Jesus the model outline of prayer. We are not to pray as other religions do with repetitious and fancy words. In essense, prayer is just having that relationship with the Father. We also see Jesus address the topic of how we are to look at worldy possessions. There is always the danger of loving them too much and worrying about them in our life.
Regarding application…Worrying. Vs. 27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Question: Is there something in your life that you are worrying about? If so, allow the words of Jesus to bring comfort in your heart. When we worry, we get anxious and we can’t think straight. It takes it toll doesn’t it? But God is our biggest peace of mind. When buy something large in value, we generally will get insurance. That insurance gives us peace of mind that if something happens to our house, car, and even life…the insurance will pay the value of what we lost. If insurance can give us peace of mind, how much can our Heavenly Father do? He is our biggest insurance policy when it comes to our lives. Don’t allow the events of our lives to bring worry that debilitates us. God is bigger!