“To do or not to do.” That is often the question in life. Sometimes we are asking that question as we about to do some silly prank or take some ridiculous risk in the name of fun and entertainment.
“Do Not” is not incorrect; it is incomplete.
Many people who claim to follow Christ define their faith by the actions their lives are void of not the actions their life is filled with. They can tell you all the things they do not do but they have very short lists of the things they do because they are following Christ.
Jesus taught about the switch from “do not” to “do” in Matthew 6. He said do not store up treasures on earth. He said do store up treasures in Heaven. It is not simply wrong to store up for yourselves earthly treasure; it is right to store up Heavenly treasure. Next he told us to not be anxious but to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.
Anxiety or worry is the byproduct of disproportionate concern for proper cares.
Jesus speaks of clothing and food and simple life issues in this passage. These things are proper Biblical cares. Proverbs 31 and 1 Timothy 5:8 teach both men and women the call to provide such items for their families in honoring the Lord. So if these things are proper, what is the issue? The issue is anxiety. “Oh you of little faith” is what Jesus goes onto say. The issue is a lack of faith in the Lord to provide such things.
The question we must ask ourselves in dealing with such cares and concerns is, “Do I believe God truly cares about me in all things?” Worry is the byproduct of disproportionate concern. When we are overly concerned and consumed with the things of this world, we worry.
When we focus on the temporary the result is worry. When we focus on the eternal the result is rest. How, then, would we not worry. Is it as simple as, “Don’t worry. Be Happy?” No, it is not. The answer is not simply found in the “do not;” it is found in the “do.” It is found in the instruction to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.
We care less about lesser things only when we care more about greater things. The answer is not to stop caring about food for your family. The answer is not to stop wearing clothes. The answer is what you start. Start seeking the Lord and His will in all things. Seek God’s Kingdom and not your own. Allow the priority of the Kingdom of God to be the filter through which all decisions are made. The more you focus on the greater things the less you will focus on lesser ones.
We must seek the reign of Christ to experience the righteousness of Christ. You will never experience the goodness of God without the governance of God. If you desire to know the greatness of his glory and grace in your life, you must actively seek out his governance over your life…his Lordship.
The answer to so many of life’s deep struggles is not found in the things we “do not,” but in the things we “do.”
Pray this prayer daily, maybe even moment by moment or decision by decision to help you learn this truth in a practical faith. God, I believe you truly care about me in all things. Say it over and over again. Say it until you mean it. This prayer is not asking God to change a thing. It is asking God to change you.