You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:25 NIV
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?
Matthew 6:26-27 NIV
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?
Matthew 6:28-30 NIV
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?
Matthew 6:31-32 NIV
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.
Matthew 6:33 NIV
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Luke 12:32 NIV
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Read Exodus 16:1-35. What was the context of this chapter? Where were the Israelites? Where were they headed? What challenges did they face? What happened? What was God trying to teach them on their journey? Think of a time in your life when you faced great need? How did God provide?
Read Matthew 6:25-34 and Luke 12:22-32. As Jesus was forming a people to join him on his mission, he recognized the importance of dealing with the fears and anxieties of his followers. What did Jesus say were the sources of worry? What are the main sources of worry and anxiety in your life? How does worry affect your relationship with God? How does it affect your ability to serve on mission with Jesus?
What did Jesus offer as an antidote to worry? How can living under Jesus’ kingship liberate us from our fears and anxieties? How have you seen this work in your life?
The Apostle Paul wrote his letters to the Philippians from a prison cell not knowing whether he was going to live or die. Read Philippians 4:4-13. What lessons does Paul share that can help you deal with anxiety and fear as you deal with your own difficult circumstances?
If you haven’t yet, memorize Matthew 6:33. Spend some time meditating and reflecting on these words of Jesus. What does it mean to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness?” In what ways can you practice this command this week?