Have you ever heard of the phrase “worry wart”? Growing up I would hear people say, “she is just a worry wart” or “don’t be such a worry wart”! I have known people who constantly worry. And when they have nothing to worry about, they worry about that! Now, for just a moment think about that phrase. A wart is something that no one wants, that they hide, that they think makes others think they are “unclean”. Not to mention that many think warts come from worrying. All I know is that a wart is something I don’t want and Jesus made it very plain that He doesn’t want us to worry. Therefore, no “worry warts” allowed if you are going to live like the Kingdom!!!
Jesus said, “Don’t worry about food, drink, or clothing….for the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them.” How many of us focus on making sure our family has their needs met, to the point that it consumes us? And here’s the thing, most of our families HAVE their NEEDS met, we just get caught in the “keeping up with the Jones’s” mentality and can run ourselves and our sweet husbands in the ground as they try to keep us happy and meet not just needs but WANTS for the family. I have seen this destroy many a family as the husband feels pressure that there is never enough money, and then he stays gone the time to chase the money, and then the wife feels like the single mother she never wanted to be and the vicious cycle drives the marriage into the ground.
Jesus gave us the antidote: “BUT seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Jesus says that when we seek to have a heart like His, bringing His Kingdom to this earth, He will take care of the rest. He is not telling us to act irresponsibly, but rather to walk with Him and trust Him to take care of you as you act responsibly. But there must also be an evaluation as to if you have NEEDS and WANTS out of balance that need to be reconsidered in Kingdom living.
Kingdom Living Doesn’t Worry Because You Know The King Of The Kingdom
Jesus said, “Don’t judge.” Don’t be trying to get a speck out of someone’s eye when you have a BIG HONKIN’ beam in your own!!! You cannot try to remove from another’s life that which you have not first removed from your own. My Mama used to tell me that if I would just take care of myself, I’d have my hands full!!! If we would spend our time learning how to walk with God and become like Jesus, we wouldn’t have time to compare or criticize those around us. This word for “judge” in this passage is “krino” and means “to pronounce guilty; to condemn“. Nobody gets that place except Jesus Himself, and yet we often do it to our own brothers and sisters in Christ when we have no idea their story or where they are, on their journey into the heart of the Father.
Kingdom Living Does Not Render The Punishment Due To The Faults Of Another
Then Jesus throws in here something about throwing dogs (means “those with an impure mind”) the sacred (means “holy things; a saint”) and casting pearl (means “words of great value”) before swine (means “pigs”), lest they trample (means “to treat with rudeness, insult, and neglect”) them under their feet , and then turn and tear you to pieces. What in the world does that mean? It means that when you are living in the Kingdom, many will not understand what you are saying or how you are living. If you are not discerning about who and how much you share with them about the deeper places in your heart and the deeper spiritual things that they are not able or ready to take in, they may take those and turn them on you and wound you terribly. I have had it done, and it hurts. A lot.
Kingdom Living Is Discerning As To Who And What Of Your Heart Is Shared
Jesus said, “Ask, Seek, and Knock” and promises it will be given, we will find, and the door will be opened. For Jesus to tell us to pray and then gave us an example of how to pray, we can be assured that when we pray in this ways, our prayers will be answered. Here’s what I think we sometimes don’t think about: when Jesu taught us to pray, He said, “Our Father”. That tells me that there is relationship there. We can’t pray with no relationship with the Father and then get mad when our prayers are not answered. In that same vein, Jesus said, “Holy is Your name”. That tells me that there is a reverence, a respect, and an honoring of the Father, by exemplifying a life set aside for Him (a holy life). We can’t pray and live a knowingly unholy lifestyle and expect God to answer our prayers. We must align with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in order to see our prayers answered. And we can certainly see them answered when we are right with God and man.
Kingdom Living Has Full Assurance Of Answered Prayers
Jesus then shares with us The Golden Rule. People who do not know Christ quote this all the time, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you“, and most of us think that is where this verse stops. But here’s the rest of the verse: “for this sums up the Law and the Prophets“. That makes this verse pretty powerful if all of the Law and every Prophet’s exhortation is summed up in it!!! Jesus continues to go back to this one truth: you let me work on your heart and everything else is going to take care of itself!
Jesus is sharing with you that in order to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth, a “narrowing” must take place. Your pathway must be “narrowed” down to following Jesus in every way, and not succumbing to the distractions of people and social and cultural pressures around you. He says, “Narrow is the way that leads to life and only a few find it.” Often, people think that means that life with Jesus is small, restricted to this narrow place and absolutely boring. Well that doesn’t sound like life to me!!! The Scripture says “narrow is the WAY to life”. It does not say that life is narrow, it say to way to get to it is. Like a baby passing through the narrow birth canal into the enormously vast world, Jesus is encouraging us to get on the pathway that narrows our focus to Him and Him alone. That is the place where we will truly find LIFE and it be ABUNDANT!!!