What does worrying say about the way we make the most of our time? When we focus our energy on what might happen tomorrow, and whether our needs will be met, is that a good use of our time? Jesus doesn’t think it is. Jesus says: live in the mission of today!
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 than food, and the body more 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 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers 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—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.
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
According to Jesus, life is more than the things we worry about. Those things are typically things which are self-centered in nature. We focus on what we will wear or eat or how we look. Is that the stuff of abundant life? And consider that we cannot add a single hour to our lives by worrying about such things. On the contrary, we invest our time in worrying, and by doing so we throw our time away.
When Paul encourages us to making the most of our time (redeem the time as another translation of his words), he is not talking about giving or throwing our time away to worry. Rather, he is challenging us to be fruitful in using of our time.
What is the stuff of abundant life? In what shall we invest our time thinking about or pursuing? The kingdom of God, Jesus says. Seek first and foremost the kingdom of God and the righteousness of God, and our needs for the daily things (our worries) of life, will be taken care of by the King.
Don’t worry about tomorrow, Jesus says. It can worry about itself. Really? Is tomorrow going to plan for me to eat or drink or have clothes and a roof over my head. Turns out that under the sovereignty of God, yes it is. God owns tomorrow, and he has our backs.
What we are learning here is that making the most of our time means focusing on today while we are still in today. Today we have opportunities. Today we have relationships. Today we have a mission. Will you consider the areas of your life in which you are stuck in worry and abandon them for today? Live today for today and the mission God has for you right now!
Go to the next post in this series: Making the Most: Out of Season