“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
What pops out at you in these texts? Is there anything that makes you go “hmm….” or “huh?” or “hey!!!!” Are you reminded of any other stories–whether in the Bible, in literature/movies/music/TV, or in your own life? As you read, do you hear any music in your head?
Is it even possible to follow Jesus’ teaching here? What would a life lived completely without worry look like? How would we approach the everyday things, retirement, saving, housing, food, etc, differently if we lived this out literally?
This passage is about very every day things, not high falutin’ things — it’s about clothes, food, crops, water, housing, livelihoods. What does faith have to do with how we live our everyday lives?
How does this teaching square with the fact that sometimes we have to prepare, to care for both ourselves and others, and to be good stewards of the earth and of our church? What might this passage have to say about giving? About stewardship of our time, our talent, our money?
What do you hear as the good news in this text? What do you hear as a challenge? What might this passage have to say to our community today?