BE CONTENT WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
Living today is difficult. Many things litter up our lives and pull us down. Think of the COVID-19 pandemic that caused confusion and anxiety about what the future would bring.
Life was made to be lived simply without pretense. And the way to make life simpler is to follow the Lord’s teaching in Matthew 6:24-34. Bear in mind the passages in the Bible.
1. “No one can be a slave of two masters, he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Verse 24). There is no neutral position when devoting one’s self either to God or to mammon (wealth of every kind). The only sure dependence is on God and not on any earthly guarantee.
2. Precaution is necessary to live a simple life. “This is why I tell you: do not worry about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes? Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds. Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it? And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flower grow; they do not work or make clothes for themselves. So do not start worrying: Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes? (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. (verses 25, 27-28, 31-32). Jesus wants you not to think of your needs, not “to be anxious about,” not “to worry.” Jesus is not recommending austerity, or places a premium on poverty. He is not saying that a poor man or a careless man is more acceptable to God. What Jesus condemns is the habit of worrying about the maternal things of life, especially about those that are over and above the necessities of life. He condemns the desire that leads to extravagance. Howard Hughes, U.S. businessman and billionaire was obsessed in securing himself with so much wealth during his lifetime. But he lived in an apartment, a small one that was untidy. He himself was unkempt, and died malnourished and sick. Howard Hughes needed a discriminating discernment of the value of things.
3. Provision will come from God. God will take care of your needs. (verses 26, 28-30, 32 b). Life is not to be spent lavishly in securing a future. How many are they that work and toil and acquire wealth without rest, and spent the rest of their lives trying to regain health only to find the grave. Life should receive greater attention. Food is a means to the end of supporting life, not an end in itself. Concentrating on making life noble and worth living is best rather than spending the whole life in securing a future that is not sure about! Trust God to provide for He really cares.
“Be concerned above everything else with the kingdom of God and with what he requires of you and he will provide you with all these other things. So, do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of it’s own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings. (verses 33, 34) It is a manner of living simply. What matters in life more than anything else is “the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” This is the great purpose in man’s existence. We eat to live and not live to eat! We live not for things, not for the difficulty of living. In the first place, we celebrate life as God intended it to be. Man was made to serve Him for He alone is the source of true happiness, security and contentment.
Christ would have us make first things first, and assures us that things of lesser importance and value will be supplied to each according to his or her need. Can you trust God enough to live simply and only for Him?