In Matthew 6:25, Jesus says, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
This statement can be quite confusing for many people. After all, isn’t it essential to plan for our needs and make sure we have enough to sustain ourselves? So what does Jesus mean when he asks us not to take any thought for our lives?
Firstly, it’s essential to understand the context in which Jesus made this statement. He was delivering a sermon on a mount where he spoke about various issues related to faith and daily living. In this particular section of Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus is addressing the issue of worry.
Jesus starts by saying in verse 25 that we should not worry about our lives – what we will eat or drink or wear. He then goes on to explain that life is more important than food and the body more important than clothing. In other words, Jesus is telling us that we should prioritize our spiritual needs over our physical ones.
So does that mean we should stop taking care of ourselves and neglect our physical needs? No.
What Jesus means is that we shouldn’t let worry consume us so much that we forget about our spiritual needs. Worrying about every little thing in life can distract us from seeking God’s kingdom first (Matthew 6:33).
Moreover, when we worry excessively about securing our physical needs such as food and clothing, it shows a lack of faith in God’s provision. In verses 26-30, Jesus reminds us of how God takes care of the birds and flowers without them worrying or working hard for it. If God takes care of these things which are less important than human beings created in His image, surely He will take care of our needs too.
Therefore, taking no thought for our lives doesn’t mean we should stop planning and preparing for the future. It means that we should have faith in God’s provision and prioritize seeking His kingdom first. When we put God first, everything else falls into place (Matthew 6:33).
In conclusion, Jesus’ statement about taking no thought for our lives is a call to trust in God’s provision and prioritize our spiritual needs over physical ones. It doesn’t mean we should neglect or stop planning for the future, but rather not let worry consume us. As we seek God’s kingdom first, He will take care of all our needs.