Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.

Following Jesus is radically different than the world around us. The world is anxious about their lives, since they are operating under their own strength and wisdom. The Kingdom of God operates totally different. The Kingdom of God is one of faith, rest, surrender, waiting, asking, and seeking the Lord. The Lord has called us to something higher than people of the world, who are settling for temporal pleasures, things, and lusts. We are called to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all our needs will be taken care. One of the traps of the enemy is to keep us inwardly focused on our lives and how well we are keeping up with the Joneses. Having an anxious mind is death, it’s a carnal mind.

Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally-minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

May we put off the mindset of the old man and put on mind of Christ. Jesus lived His earthly life in total dependency to the Father. Jesus never asked for money from anyone when He was taken part in His ministry for 3 and ½ years. The Father would stir up the hearts of men to cheerfully give Him money. It’s also important to note that Jesus doesn’t promise us a nice worldly life. Jesus lived a life of self-denial rather than a life of self-indulgence as the world around us lives. People are trying to create a heaven on earth. Following Jesus requires us to endure hardships, lose out on what the world has to offer, and suffer reproach for His name sake. May we not hold down our heads, but as Peter exhorts us to glorify God in this matter. Remember, the world is more temporal than you could think, soon it will be passed away, and what will profit people who have their hearts set on gaining the whole world? I encourage you to watch documentaries and look at old pictures from less than 200 years ago, from the 1800s to the 1980’. It’s sobering to think all these people are still alive somewhere for all eternity. Let’s keep our eyes of the precious promises of Jesus. He is worthy! Amen!