Perspective Reordered

Matthew 6:25-34
25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
28 "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
30 "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
31 "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'
32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

These verses come from Chapter 6 of Matthew, It is the middle of three chapters of Matthew 5, 6 and 7 that make up what are known as the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon is the longest continuous section of Jesus speaking found in the New Testament, and has been one of the most widely quoted elements of the Canonical Gospels. It includes some of the best known teachings of Jesus, such as the Beatitudes, and the widely recited Lord's Prayer. 

I was re-reading these chapters of Matthew in anticipation of visiting the place where tradition and archeology agree on the location of the Sermon on the Mount. Once known as Mt. Eremos, this hill is located between Capernaum and Tabgha in Israel.

For me, this upcoming trip to the Holy Land will be really special because I’ll get to see, visit and walk in the places where Jesus walked. Some weeks back I didn’t think that I would be going as I was pretty ill. Sitting in a hospital room, having doctors tell you that you are lucky to be alive, certainly reorders your perspective on what is important in life.

Jesus had a few things to say about priorities and our relationship with God in the verses above. Some takeaways that I have gleaned from the verse above are:

    (1) Decide what is most important to us. For us Christians, the primary concern should be our relationship with God.

    (2) We should re-order our time, energies, and thoughts around what is most important to us.

    (3) We should spend more time developing our relationship with God. 

    (4) We need to recognize our need of God's power and righteousness to help us organize our lives around His will and desire for us.

    (5) Tomorrow does take care for itself. 

I’d like to finish with with a quote from a Catholic sister that was memorable for me.

"Aging is the gift of God that allows us to remove the unimportant from our lives "

Very Respectfully,

Matthew Schneider

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