This passage is a familiar one that has been the center of many sermons, and on its face, is fairly straightforward: Don’t worry about your basic needs because God will take care of you for you are a special child of God. Indeed, many of us are so blessed; so much in fact that we worry about having too much to eat as we’ve had to up a notch on our belts during this stay-at-home pandemic. We have safe homes, more than enough clothes to wear, and more freedoms and opportunities than most people in this country or throughout history.
But there are many people who are not as fortunate. Particularly during this pandemic, many have lost jobs and are struggling to make ends meet, wondering how they will pay their rent or put food on the table. In 2021, as a Matthew 25 church, we have decided to take up the mission to be the hands and feet of God’s message, and to help those in need. This calling could not have come at a more appropriate time.
I also would add that this passage is not just about basic needs of what we eat and what we wear. To me, it says, “Don’t worry.” Period. Put all your trust in God, whatever you may be facing. With my young adult children, they face many of life’s challenges and decisions, and many forks in the road. I have advised them that they need to do their best and apply all their talents, and that some doors will open and others will close, but at the end of the day, they need to leave it to God. For He will watch over them and guide them. He has a plan for each and every one of us that is beyond our understanding. All we have to do is listen, discern, and “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness. And all these things will be added unto you.” Hallelujah, hallelujah.
Heavenly Father, You are so good to us. You bless us in ways that we often don’t appreciate or recognize is your work and part of your plan. You are so faithful and steadfast. May we know that You are in control and that all we need to do is trust You and seek your kingdom. We thank you for all that You do and all that You are. In Your name we pray. Amen