do not worry

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34, NIV)

This week we are going to look at how we can develop a new perspective. As we begin, I want you to consider your worldview. Everybody has one. Jesus wants to be the source of yours. So much of His Sermon on the Mount (you can read the entire thing by clicking here) was about developing a Godly worldview. Almost exactly half-way through, Jesus points out at an enemy to a Godly perspective: worry. Worry in the original biblical languages means, a divided mind. That makes so much sense, doesn’t it!? When you worry, it divides your attention from what is versus what could be. As Jesus taught about not worrying, He did so from the perspective of eternity. Seriously.

You are created to be eternal. Your life on earth will end one day, and you’ll spend eternity somewhere…either in heaven, or somewhere a bit further south. Jesus wants you to live each day with the perspective of eternity, but almost paradoxically says not to worry about tomorrow. Why do you think this is? Beyond dividing your mind (and energy, mind you), when you worry about tomorrow, it robs you of the joy you need for today. So Jesus wants you to live with the joy of heaven today, and let tomorrow worry about itself.

Living with an eternal mindset means you have an infinite number of tomorrows. Jesus wants you focusing on today, though, not letting worry for tomorrow rob you of the focus, energy, and joy you need to live for Him today. After all, Jesus is already in your tomorrow, and He wants you to trust Him with that, too. So will you commit to living with an eternal perspective today, where you can make the greatest impact, by not worrying about tomorrow? I hope so!

Prayer: Dear Lord, I know you want me to live with an eternal perspective today. Forgive me for the times I worry about tomorrow, allowing it to rob me of the focus, energy, and joy I need to live for you today. By your power, help me to develop this eternal worldview so I don’t have to worry about tomorrow, but focus on you today. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.