I’ve often looked at Matthew 6’s passage titled Do Not Worry as just that. Don’t worry, because the Lord will take care of his followers. And it’s true, it means just that, but I missed something in there that is really cool.
Jesus says “Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27).
The passage is more than a statement of faith. It is more than a statement that encourages you to trust God to feed you and clothe you. The passage is a declaration of life! It is telling you to go out and live without a fear of death.
Read it again. Jesus says “is not life more important than food?” Then he says “Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” Jesus is saying that the birds don’t have a barn stocked up with food and waiting for them when they get home, and they still go out and live. They don’t hide away under logs and rocks having panic attacks about where their next meal is going to come from. They fly through the air, sing songs and play. They use their energy without remorse, without fearing death, and they still take care of their young; they still have faith that dinner will come when they seek it at dinner time.
One of my favorite quotes is this: “Life is not a problem to be solved; It is an adventure to be lived” (John Eldredge, Wild At Heart).
The rest of the Matthew 6 goes on to say how pagan’s run after material things. Doing that will lock you down. You’ll be afraid to live if you are afraid to die. Jesus says first seek the Kingdom of Heaven and all of those things will be given to you.
So how do we seek the Kingdom of Heaven? Well, besides reading the Bible, hanging with the body of Christ and praying, you go out and live, find adventure, and be passionate about the gifts God has given you. Use your legs, your brain and your talents for God. Get up, take risks, and enjoy God’s good world without a worry in the world.