Do you remember how as a child you had no cares in the world. You lived in the moment, right here, right now safe and secure knowing that your dad and mother would protect you, care for you and be there when you needed them?
You knew back then that if you called “mommy!” “daddy!” they would answer and come running to help you. But then something happened, you became what this world calls an “responsible” adult supposed to be well able to care for yourself.
As an adult you are not supposed to feel fear, worry and sometimes that anxiety that seems so strong that you just want to shout out “mommy!”, “daddy!”. I do believe most of us, if we are truly honest with ourself, would admit that we often have moments like that. Moments where we feel so overwhelmed we just want to go back to being a carefree child again. Moments where we just want to shout out “mommy, daddy!, help!” and we long for them to come and pick us up in their arms, hold us, comfort us and help us.
And then you come back to real life, you are no longer a child, you are a “responsible” adult, so you choose to just pull yourself together, set your face like flint and pretend those emotions do not exist.
Is this the biblical way?
At first glance Matthew 6:25-34 seems to describe children, carefree children who doesnt have a care in this world. In these verses Jesus describes an existence without any cares, no worries, nothing to fear and no lack because there is a big, strong, powerful Dad that protects, provides for and guides.
Jesus is not talking about children in Matthew 6:25-34, but we have grown so accustomed to the idea that if we are adults, we have to worry. It is the responsible thing to do to worry, because if we worry we take responsibility for our lifes. Being in charge of something always brings with it great responsibility but great responsibility always gives reasons for great worry. After all, the man on the top can not expect anybody to help him because he is supposed to be a leader, somebody to look up to, somebody safe, secure who always knows what to do, when to do it and never has any problems.
But the truth is, superman does not exist. Hollywoods image of the perfect husband, perfect wife, perfect leader in the business world is just a made up image that has no root in real life.
And remember, every person born on this planet is in charge of something and functions as a leader. Maybe you are not in charge of a big business, maybe you are not a CEO, but you are in charge of your own life and one day you left the comfort of your parents and was faced with having to make it on your own. That day, you became the leader of your own life.
The difference between Hollywoods image of a leader, a great leader and the real life is sin.
Sin is the difference, Hollywood presents the image of great powerful leaders who are well able to lead their own lifes to great success and never gets plagued with emotional disturbances, always knows what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Sin makes this an impossibility.
There is no way to be a great leader, you can try to lead your own life, “be in charge” of your own life and give the impression you always know what to do, when to do it and how to do it. But sin in your own life will always give you emotional upsets, there will be times when you will be so plagued with fear, anxiety and worry that you dont know what to do and how to lead yourself, your familiy or your business.
So could it be that Jesus is not talking about children in Matthew 6:25-34?
Perhaps Jesus is showing us how life is supposed to be like, both for children and adults?
Perhaps Jesus is telling us there is a way to life your life the way you used to when you where a child, without a care in this world. Always knowing, trusting your dad will provide, care for you and guide you?
If you are human you are a sinner. There is no way to avoid sin, and even if you confess to being a Christian, you are still a sinner. Being a Christian does not make you sinless, it just makes you a sinner saved by grace.
We dont deserve heaven, we dont deserve anything from God. We deserve hell and eternal punishment. (If you disagree with me on this I challenge you to prove that you deserve something from God. I challenge you to take the test at need god ) And we do not deserve Gods love.
But still He loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. The solution to our sin problem is to humble ourself and come in simple childlike faith to the cross and just believe “Jesus died for me”.
This is an offense to the adult mind, because as adults we so want to prove ourself, prove that we deserve something so that we can show the entire world how good we are. But if you are willing to humble yourself and admit to being a sinner who believes “Jesus died for me” then the Lord promises to do the rest. And there is no limit to what He can do in a persons life who chooses to humble themself at the cross.
In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus describes the life of a sinner saved by grace.
This is the life of a person who has acknowlegded who they are, nothing but a sinner but has chosen to put his faith in “Jesus died for me”.
Its so easy, so humbling but at the same time so rewarding. You get to loose your own life, all your cares, worries, anxieties and hang ups. Instead you gain His life, you get to live His life and He, the Lord Jesus Christ, has no anxieties, worries and cares.
You get to live the life of Jesus on this earth. Dont get me wrong, you do NOT become Jesus, but you become one with Him where you get to participate in everything He has. And if you read the Bible you soon find out that He has everything. He has no lack, no sickness, no disease, no financial debt, no loneliness, no emotional disturbance.
But first you have to die to yourself, you have to come to the cross and loose yourself. Then He will give you His life….
Is this not wonderful? We as sinners, who dont deserve anything from God gets free access to the life of Jesus Christ and everything He has.
This can be compared to (well not really because you cant compare a human with God). But the best image I can come up with is this, imagine suddenly being adopted into the Royal family of England or Bill Gates. Suddenly they treated you as one of their own without having done anything to deserve it.
But you get to do something that is way much better then being adopted into the Gates family or the Royal Familiy of England. You get to become a part of Gods family, being granted access to everything that Jesus has. When God looks at you He doesnt see you, He sees Jesus and He never denies Jesus anything that His word says.
The only thing you have to do is to believe, believe that Jesus died for me.
So then it becomes obvious that Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34 speaks about how life is supposed to be like – if we humble ourself and believe.
Because this how life is supposed to be, we are supposed to live like carefree children with a BIG Daddy
This has become so comforting to me lately, knowing that because I have BIG Daddy I am not alone. I get to live a life without worrying and anxiety, without stress and fear. The only thing I have to do is to believe “Jesus died for me” and then I am one with Jesus.
When my Daddy looks at me He doesnt see me, because I am hidden inside Jesus. He sees Jesus because of my faith in “Jesus died for me”. I do not become Jesus, instead I get to die to myself and He becomes alive in me. This will never stop, each day I have to choose to put my faith in “Jesus died for me” so that I can die each day and Jesus can live in me.
Therfore I can pray with confidence to have my needs met. I can pray with confidence to be guided to the best apartment to rent, or to recieve the funds I need to keep the house and not have to sell. I can pray with confidence to recieve the funds I need to quit this job and launch my own online ministry using my real name. I can pray with confidence for healing for my wife, for myself knowing that He doesnt hear me praying. He hears Jesus praying, and He always responds to prayers prayed by Jesus.
We get to live the life of Jesus, so we get to live like carefree children again knowing we have a BIG Daddy who cares for His Son Jesus.