What do worldly responsible people do? They worry about tomorrow. I have always been a responsible person. Take care of yourself so others don’t have the burden of taking care of you. Put away enough so in the future you have it taken care of.
I have seen enough people squander all they have on nothing and are broke until the next paycheck. I was in the military for 4 years, I saw this a lot. I see others declaring bankruptcy for reckless, I have to have it now spending. So responsible is good, right? In a worldly sense, it’s top notch. In a spiritual sense? Let’s read further.
Matthew 6:25-34 – 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? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Are these verses telling us to be reckless or irresponsible. No. These verses are telling us to Trust in God. Don’t mistake the casual words of eat, drink, or wear. These are just the things 100% of us have to do in society. Many put a lot into all three. I used to put a lot into the first one. I was well known for that. The funny thing is; I knew that. Many that knew that about me didn’t realize they struggled with one of the other two, or possibly more than one.
This isn’t just don’t worry about eating, drinking, and clothes. This is about trusting God first. Seek first the Kingdom of God, then you won’t have to worry about the rest of these things. Seek first the Kingdom of God, don’t be worrying about building bigger barns. Verse 27- “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Were supposed to live for God today and tomorrow will take care of itself, but that’s not how we have been taught by our advisor’s is it? No we’ve taught to plan for tomorrow. Work today for that and put God on the back burner for later. Pretty good scheming by the devil, huh. I’ve bought into for many years in the name of responsibility.
Here is the reality after all that worldly advice we got. Our Country is broke. It’s leaders are pushing us towards a one world socialism. It’s trying to get rid of all the have and have nots, while pushing us towards a bunch of we needs. It’s easy for government to lead those kinds of people.
If were seeking God first, not worrying about tomorrow, and have been for the last 10, 20, 30+ years, then retirement is looking pretty fulfilling. You have been doing what the Lord has commanded. If you have been putting the right amount in your 401k and it all collapses like it has and is in jeopardy of doing it again, you’ve responsibly in a worldly way have banked yourself into an empty plan.
Truth is, even if it works out correctly and you sought the world first instead of the Kingdom of God, we’ll find out that the Word of God warned us against that kind of investment.
Don’t worry about tomorrow, God has that covered as long as you’re seeking the Kingdom first today.