Published on February 17, 2014
Matthew 6:24-34 No one can serve two masters. Do not worry.
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, „What shall we eat?‟ or „What shall we drink?‟ or „What shall we wear?‟ 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day‟s own trouble be sufficient for the day.
Mt. 6:24 You cannot serve God and mammon. What‟s “mammon?” It is a Syriac word meaning “wealth” or “riches” (Luke 16:9–11); some Bibles translate the word as money or wealth. When personified, addressed as a person, it means making riches your god (Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9– 11). Which is more important to you, God or wealth?
Are you a slave to God or a slave to making money? In the ancient world a slave in the eyes of the law was not a person but a thing without any rights. The slave owner could do anything he wanted to do with him because in the eyes of the law the slave was merely a living tool. The slave didn‟t have any time to call his own. Today we typically work 8 hours per day, five days per week and the rest of the time can be spent as we see fit, but not so with the slaves of the ancient world. In our relationship with God we have no rights, God is the undisputed master of our lives. We must always ask, what does God want me to do? A Christian has no time off from being a Christian; there isn‟t any time to relax our Christian standards, we are always “on duty” to our master, God.
27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? One “cubit?” A cubit was a measure of length, about 18 inches. Since rulers weren‟t available, a cubit was measured from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. In this context Jesus is saying that you can‟t lengthen your life even by 18 inches by being anxious or by worrying. If you decide to be a Christian then in follows that you must accept God‟s will as your guiding light on the path you are walking toward your heavenly goal.
Mt. 25-33 6: Don’t Worry In this reading Jesus gives us seven reasons not to worry 6:25 The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life. 6:26 Worrying about the future slows today‟s Christian effort. 6:27 Worrying is more harmful than helpful. 6:28-30 God does not ignore those who depend on Him. 6:31, 32 Worrying shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God. 6:33 Worrying keeps us from focusing on the kingdom. 6:34 Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry about future events.
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