April 7, 2019

Do Not Worry

Last year, we saw that the Steward’s Mindset recognizes that we can’t serve two masters – we have to choose between serving God and serving money (Matthew 6:24).

Serving money leads to worry.  Have we set aside enough?  Have we invested wisely?  What if an emergency occurs?  What if the economy takes a downturn?  While we can (and should) plan wisely, the reality is that there are no guarantees.  Even the richest people in the world worry about money.

Serving God, however, brings us freedom from worry.  Immediately after noting that we can’t serve two masters, Jesus tells us not to worry (Matthew 6:25).  And he’s not talking about the “extras” in life – he’s telling us not to worry about the basic necessities like food, drink, and clothes.

There’s a direct correlation between choosing to serve God over money and freedom from worry.  Because we serve a God who is sovereign, who has our best interests at heart, and who is more than able to meet all our needs, we can be free from worry about the economy, our savings and investments, unknown (but inevitable) emergencies, etc.  Why is it that we don’t need to worry about the necessities of life?  Because our “Father knows that we need them” (Matthew 6:32).  As a result, we are freed up to seek God’s kingdom and righteousness, trusting him to provide for our needs (Matthew 6:33).

A little later in the same passage, Jesus speaks to how God provides for our needs in response to our prayers (Matthew 7:7-11).  James echoes this in his statement that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

So, whatever you call it – financial freedom, financial peace, financial security – the steward’s mindset of serving God instead of money protects us from anxiety.  What a testimony this can be in a world preoccupied with material things and consequently subject to constant worry!  This is one more way in which our stewardship both reflects and contributes to our walk with God and serves as a witness of God’s love and provision to those outside the faith.