What’s Your Concern?

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Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

It is easy to be concerned with our daily needs, but God makes it clear that the believer is only to be concerned with reaching the lost for Christ. In Matthew 6, there are several things that Christ commands us to take no thought about. In other words, He is saying that we are not to be concerned with these things. There are several things that Christ mentioned for which we should not concern ourselves with.

First, we are not to concern ourselves with worldly possessions. Verse 19 says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…” Are worldly possessions wrong? Absolutely not! There is nothing wrong with having a house or a car. There is nothing wrong with having possessions that the world offers, but when those possessions take our mind away from the purpose of reaching the lost for Christ, those possessions become wrong. God commands in verse 20 to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” It is not that worldly possessions are bad; it is simply that they decay in time and really don't matter to eternity.

Second, we are not to concern ourselves with riches. Verse 24 says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” The word “mammon” means riches. Christ is not saying that being rich is evil or wrong. What Christ is saying is that serving riches is wrong. Your priority in life is not to make money, but your priority in life is to seek God and His kingdom. If you can make money and keep God first in your life, God is perfectly fine with you making money. However, when making money becomes your focus and keeps you from serving God, then money becomes your god.

Third, we are not to concern ourselves with daily needs. Verse 25 says, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.” My friend, God has already promised to care for these things. In verse 32, Christ reminds us that our “heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” Philippians 4:19 promises, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Yes, we need food to eat and clothing to wear, but we are not to concern ourselves with something that God has already promised to supply.

So, what is the believer to concern themselves with? Matthew 6:33 shows us when it says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This is why the verse above says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow…” We are not to concern ourselves with these things because they will care for themselves. The believer is to be concerned with reaching the lost for Christ.

What consumes your thought life? The only thing that should consume your thought life and the only thing for which you should give yourself to do in life is to reach the lost for Christ. The kingdom of God is reaching the lost for Christ. Are you doing what God commands you to do? Are you seeking the lost first? Remember, anything that takes priority above the kingdom of God, which is reaching the lost for Christ, is an idol. Question, are you an idolator?

Dr. Allen Domelle


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