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“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?”
- Jesus, from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:25)

Webster defines anxiety as “a troubled feeling about what may happen in the future.”

As Christians, we know what the future holds, and we know who holds the future. Therefore, Jesus urges us not to be troubled about the immediate trials, because our minds should be set on the world to come.

Worry is always a sure sign that our thoughts are immersed in the here and now rather than our role in the kingdom of God. Anxiety clutters our minds with thoughts that take our eyes off Jesus.

The person who worries about weighing too much (or too little) will find himself consumed by thoughts about food: what to eat, how to diet, calories.

The person preoccupied with clothing will always be thinking about what to wear, the colors that he looks best in, and the cost of the new outfit he longs for.

The person absorbed in money will be anxious about his income, his financial situation, and his job security.

If we were half as concerned about the Kingdom of God and laying up treasures in heaven as we are about the insignificant things that mean nothing in the face of death and eternity, we would be able to change the world!

The way to turn from the sin of worry is to change the mind’s preoccupations and the heart’s source of trust.

Jesus reminds us that life is more than food and the body more than clothing. If God had the power to create us from the dust of the ground, how could He not have the power to take care of us? If He can create you, He can sustain you. And He will take care of you because you are His precious creation.

We can conquer worry by seeing what it truly is (the opposite of faith) and by remembering that our lives are in the hands of our Creator, who gives life so much more sense and meaning than the simple and insignificant things we worry about.

written by Trevin Wax  © 2008 Kingdom People blog


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4 thoughts on “No Worrying Allowed”

  1. Catherine says:

    Amen
    So simply and beautifully stated.
    Thank you for the reminder.
    Catherine

  2. David Bartlett says:

    Trevin
    Many thanks for a consistently excellent blog.
    Not so sure about this entry though. As a practising family doctor I think your approach to worry is possibly a little too simplistic and I would not want to say to all my (Christian) patients who suffer with anxiety that they are ‘too immersed in their problmes’
    David

  3. Trevin Wax says:

    Thanks, David.

    I agree that anxiety can be caused by a variety of sources – not all of them spiritual, of course.

    I’m speaking of worry in a general sense, not worry/anxiety or depression caused by physical factors. (Although, I do believe that there are certain cases where people try to treat physical symptoms when there’s a spiritual cause.)

  4. David Bartlett says:

    True Trevin

    I guess brief blog entries are perhaps not the best way of disussing complex things??

    Best regards in Christ to you

    David

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​Trevin Wax is Bible and Reference Publisher at LifeWay Christian Resources and managing editor of The Gospel Project. You can follow him on Twitter or receive blog posts via email. Click here for Trevin’s full bio.

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