Don’t Worry

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25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will 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 a single hour to his span of life?[g] 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 arrayed like one of these. 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 after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:25-34

These again are the words of Jesus, not man.

If you notice, the first word in this passage is therefore.  I was taught that anytime you see the word therefore in scripture, you should pay attention to what it’s there for.

Immediately preceding this passage, Jesus has been teaching about giving to then needy, pray and fasting, and how we should do all of these, and as we looked at yesterday, “storing up your treasures in heaven.”

And then we get the “therefore.”

So if we are doing these acts of sacrifice, fasting, storing up treasure in heaven and not on earth, we should not worry about our life, what we will eat or drink or how we will be clothed.  If we are doing what He asks, then we will be seeking first His kingdom and righteousness, and we will be provided for.

Do we sometimes hold back on doing for others, (store up our treasures on earth) because we live in fear that we won’t have enough?  Shame on us!  We need to trust Him for our provision.  Not all we might want, but all we need.

Pray: Lord, help us to do the things that we should and trust you.

 

 

Matthew 16:19-24

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[e]destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

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 money.[f]

This passage of scripture speaks directly to fasting from indifference (IMHO).  If we are not storing up treasures on earth, then we are more than likely fasting from indifference, and giving to those who need your help.  This word comes from Jesus, not from man.  Prayerfully consider how you can user your treasure wisely.  Jesus is pretty plain in his Word.

Pray: Lord, help us to use wisely our treasure.

Lenten Discipline

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I hope that you have thought and prayed about your Lenten discipline.  Many people give up things like eating certain foods, soft drinks, television…. These are all good things do give up.  Spend that time that you would normally spend watching TV to meditate and pray.  Ann, my wife said that she had read this week that Pope Francis had written about fasting from indifference.

Think about this for a minute.  What if we really did fast from indifference?  What if we took an active role in helping others that are hungry (physically or spiritually) or needing clothes or help with their bills.   What if they just need a kind word or a hug?  If we look, we can find these people, even in small towns.  We mostly know someone who needs our help.  Pray that God will make you aware of their needs.  Give to them.  There are people in the world that really need our  help.

Pray:  Lord, please give us a heart for helping others.

 

“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
the early Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection,
and it became the custom of the the  Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a 
forty-day season of spiritual preparation.
During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.
It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sin and had separated themselves from
the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to participation
in the life of the Church.
In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the
gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent;
by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer, fasting and self-denial;
and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.
To make a right beginning of repentance,
and as a mark of our mortal nature,
let us now kneel before our Creator and Redeemer.”

Let us confess our sins before God and one and our neighbors.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we
have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not
loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and humbly repent.
For the sake of you Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will,
and walk in you ways, to the glory of your name.  Amen.