July 15, 2021 – Thursday
Matthew 6:25 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?
When I see Therefore I tell you or Because of this or For this reason or So I tell you at the beginning of a sentence I wonder what preceded the sentence requiring a Therefore etc. Especially in this case where it is Jesus speaking to His disciples. So, looking at verse 24 we find Jesus stating what we see as a basic truth today, but perhaps it was not so then, No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. However, frankly that did not clarify why that led to a Therefore etc in the next verse, our verse of the day.
Ellicott’s Commentary provided some insight where he wrote, The temper [worry] against which our Lord warns His disciples is not that of foresight, which merely provides for the future, but the allowing ourselves to be harassed and vexed with its uncertainties. The Benson Commentary goes further writing, We are not to suppose that our Lord here commands us absolutely to take no thought for our life, food, and raiment; because, in other parts of Scripture, diligence in business is inculcated, and men are commanded to labour with their hands, that they may provide for the supply of their own wants, and also those of others. This is clearly true and with this in mind Benson states, What Christ therefore here forbids is, not that thought, foresight, and care which prudent men use in providing sustenance and needful support for themselves, and those dependant upon them; but it is such an anxious care, as arises from want [lack] of faith in the being, perfections, and providence of God. He goes on to say worries about our life, what we will eat and drink, about our body, about clothes can grow so great as to prevent our receiving or our retaining and increasing in the love of God, and the true religion connected therewith.
With this in mind, Jesus’ statement, No one can serve two masters makes great sense as a lead in to Therefore I tell you, do not worry. We can worry so much about things in this life we neglect our eternal life. That is not something we want to do. While we need to take care of everyday business or everyday tasks, we are not to let our attention on the business or tasks of the day permit us to lose focus on Jesus and what He did for each and everyone of us. We cannot forget we are to pray continuously without ceasing.
Bottom Line: We cannot let our needs in this world cause us to forget or neglect our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We need to always come back to Him and what He did for us no matter what else is going on in our lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Please help me to always remember what You and Your Son have done for me. Help me to always be thankful for all You and He have done, no matter how busy or hectic my life may become. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.