MATTHEW 6:25_nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on…
How long do you stand in front of the closet deciding what to wear? Whether you set it out the night before, the morning of, or an hour before some special event, does it involve a major decision? If so, is that because you have too many clothes? Maybe it’s because you have too few, and are embarrassed about wearing the same thing … again.
This is not about making a fashion statement, or lack of one. This is about worry.
You may worry about money to buy clothes.
You may worry about fashion police.
You worry because you do not have the latest name brands.
When you worry this way, you have degraded your self-worth. You have placed your value to equal a brand label on a piece of clothing. Even if it is a very expensive piece – you are worth far more. You are a living being created in God’s image.
To worry is to place the world above God. This may be very cliché but—worrying will never change anything.
Holy Creator, Thank You that my worth is far more than man made stuff. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ gives me great worth—I will not degrade myself!
MATTHEW 6:25_Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink…
That’s a rather strange way for Jesus to begin a new teaching. If you don’t take thought for your life, who will? Maybe parents. If you don’t have earthly parents, surely by now you are convinced your Heavenly Father takes thought of you. You are never out of His mind or heart.
Psalm 139:1-3 (KJV),“O lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”
You are always on God’s mind. He knows everything that happens in your life. There’s more to this Psalm, “17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” God constantly takes thought of your life.
This is not about whether you eat your spinach, or drink your kefir. This is about worry. And being released from it.
Think that’s easier said than done?
Good Shepherd, Thank You for thinking of my needs every day. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ keeps me in His thoughts—He knows my needs!
MATTHEW 6:24_Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
The word mammon in this verse is translated wealth or treasure. The double vision saga ends. Jesus and material wealth cannot reign in your heart. The heart can only give itself to one ruler. There is no balancing the two – one must reign, the other must serve. Allegiance!
Jealousy is a terrible emotion. When left unbridled, it consumes. Shakespeare named it the green-eyed monster (The Merchant of Venice, 1596 / Othello, 1604).
There is a time jealousy can be good – when God has it. God speaks strongly of His jealousy in His Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:5 (KJV), “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them [idols], nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God …”Also in Deuteronomy 4:24 (KJV), “For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.”
God’s jealousy is protecting. His jealousy is consumed with keeping you from straying from the path – into darkness.The apostle Paul understood this kind of jealousy. He wrote about it to the Christians in Corinth. II Corinthians 11:2 (KJV), “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband [Jesus], that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.“
Paul’s jealousy saves disciples from double vision.
Holy God, Thank You for being jealous over me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is jealous for us—He wants to save me for Jesus!
MATTHEW 6:24_for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other…
What happens when you try to divide your allegiance between masters? Jesus says you love one and hate one. You may not believe this, but submit to the fact that the Creator knows more about the creation than the creation knows about itself. If the creation knew as much as the Creator, it could have created itself. And when it breaks, it could repair itself.
This teaching goes back to the wisdom of “where a man’s treasure is there will his heart be also.” You can’t divide the heart from the treasure. It is the heart that cannot serve two masters. The treasure must be one. Single vision. Focused on Jesus or focused on wealth.
When the heart is asked to divide itself, it stumbles. It does not have the ability to divide. It was not created to divide. Because it doesn’t know how to divide, it does what it can – turns love to hate, devotion to envy, allegiance to betrayal, and affection to jealousy. When you insist the heart equally share good and evil – evil will win. Because without Jesus, the heart is hard.
Jesus must abide in and be in control of, the heart.
God of All That is Good, Help me keep my heart united for You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ does not share with evil—He overpowers it!
MATTHEW 6:24_No man can serve two masters…
Who do you listen to when you need to make a decision? Who has the final say? Who is ultimately in control? Whose lead will you follow when two voices call? Who is the master of your heart?
Without a final authority chaos is just around the corner.
From childhood, to youth, to adulthood, to old age, you serve many masters. On a sports team there is generally more than one coach. In a theatrical production there is more than one instructor. But, ultimately there has to be one who is the head – one who demands total allegiance. One the team pledges their obedience and respect to.
Jesus teaches you cannot serve two masters. A decision must be made, in the heart.
The Bible offers some advice. Deuteronomy 6:5 (KJV), “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” I Corinthians 10:21 (KJV),“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”
At the end of the day, it’s a decision you alone must make.
Only True God, Help me pledge my allegiance to You alone. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants my allegiance—I will give it to Him!