What Is the Basis for “No Worries”?
Yesterday we began a closer look at Matthew 6:25-34; where Jesus says that we are not to worry. This command is also found in Philippians 4:6-7 where are told in verse 6 not to worry or be anxious. But how can Jesus make such a statement; especially when worry and unhealthy stress seem to be such a big part of so many people’s lives? What is the basis for the command not to worry?
In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus reminds His audience that a person who is related to God the Father is “of more value” than birds and flowers. Since God takes care of the birds and flowers, and they obviously do not worry…then children of God, who are of infinitely more value than the birds and flowers, have nothing to worry about. The basis for “no worries” is that we belong to God. By belonging to God, by being able to call Him “Father”, God is obligating Himself to take care of us. When God is obligated to take care of us, we don’t have to worry because He is, after all, GOD! If God says not to worry, and backs it up with His word, we can truly trust Him and not worry.
However, if you do not belong to God then you should be worried. These promises are made to children of God, those who, through faith have come into a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Without that relationship, you should be worried; about eternity and about this life; at least wasting this life and not accomplishing anything of eternal value.