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When Jesus told us not to worry about food and clothing, His emphasis was on the word worry. He didn't say, 'Don't think about it.'
Dec 29, 2006 12:12 PM EST

By Greg Laurie

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. —Matthew 6:33

When Jesus told us not to worry about food and clothing, His emphasis was on the word worry. He didn't say, "Don't think about it." Nor did He imply, "Don't plan ahead for your needs." He said, "Don't worry."

The fact of the matter is that the Bible criticizes the lazy person who lives off the generosity of others and does not work for a living. The Bible says that if you don't work, you shouldn't eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Go get a job. Provide for yourself. The Bible even encourages us to plan for the future and learn from the example of the ant that is always planning ahead (Proverbs 6:6–8). So the Bible does not advocate laziness. It doesn't advocate being irresponsible. But Jesus said, don't worry about this.

Let me put it another way. Don't be obsessed with these things. Jesus said that's how nonbelievers are.

"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33)

Isn't that the emphasis of so many people today—what to eat, what to wear? Their whole lives revolve around materialistic goals. Jesus said this won't do it. This won't satisfy the deepest need of your life.

Don't make these things your primary purpose in life. Rather, seek God first and foremost in your life, and everything that you need will be provided for you. God will take care of you. He cares about you. He will supply all of your needs.

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