It’s been 25 years since my Youth Pastor asked me to lead a Wednesday Night Bible Study for our Youth Ministry of Middle School and High School students at Glasgow Baptist Church, in Glasgow, Kentucky. I remember the excitement and uncertainty of leading 30 of my friends through a passage of the Bible. I had no idea what do to but was happy to do something.
Do Not Be Anxious
As I began to read intensely through the Gospel of Matthew to find something I could teach through, I stumbled upon Matthew 6:25-34. This is where Jesus teaches “do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat of what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.” (Matthew 6:25, ESV). In my anxiety of trying to find something to teach, I found something I needed to hear myself.
You probably know how the rest of the passage reads; Jesus compares our importance to the birds and lilies. God meets the needs of them and recognizes we have more value than they do. Jesus promises here to take care of us much more than the birds and lilies.
Seek First The Kingdom
Jesus finishes this part of his teaching by commanding us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these thigs will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, ESV). Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. God is interested in your life. He is aware that in our fallen world, you need to work, earn an income, and provide for those God has put into your life. But it is your spiritual needs that God is most concerned about.
When we seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, it’s not as if we are putting together pieces of a puzzle that will somehow force God to bless us. Rather, by seeking first the kingdom and His righteousness, we are changing the way we view what success looks like in our work, income, and the way we provide. God will meet our needs. Jesus is clear. We don’t need to worry. By faith, we are to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Faith is active. We trust as we act. It’s is more than just a belief that things will be okay, faith requires activity. In some way, we put God to the test to keep His Word to us as we actively trust. 25 years later I still need to hear Jesus’s words, “do not be anxious.”
In those 25 years, I have spent 20 years in ministry, 22 years in business, and launched several businesses most of which have failed. I have been downsized, promoted, and hired. Life has happened. I got married and had two children. Moved away from that city where I taught my first Bible study lesson. God has been faithful. God will continue to be faithful. God is faithful.
What About You?
How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your life? Thank Him right now for His continued care over you.