Questions Jesus Asked #3

# 3. Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? NIV

The teaching of Jesus that precedes this question is:  Matthew 6:24-25 – “No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money. NIV

Jesus is encouraging his listeners to consider that there is more to life than just material things … the here and now. Humans are given a soul which needs more than physical food. If we limit our goals in life to just feed and cloth our mortal bodies, we have missed much of why God created us. In fact, we are probably not serving Him at all.

Matthew 6:25 – The concepts of life being more than food and the body more than clothing often need to be restructured if readers are to understand what is meant. Some ways will be to say “What is important in life is much more than food,” “There is much more to life than just food,” or “There is much more of importance to life than food.” Similarly the second part may be “There are things more important to our bodies than clothing.”

Of course, any one of these statements can be expressed as a question, as in the text: “Isn’t there more to life than just food?” “Aren’t there things more important to our bodies than clothing?” and so on. (from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series.  Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)

When we limit our worries and thoughts to just the material, we limit what God can do to, in, and through us. We are not serving God.  We are merely serving our immediate physical needs. God knows our needs, and he is concerned about us. I don’t think that this means we totally disregard the stewardship of our bodies; but that it is not to be our primary concern.  Feeding our soul and clothing it with righteousness is more important.

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