“My anxiety is acting up again.”
“Wait, what?? Your anxiety? Aren’t you a Christian?”
“Yeah, but I can still be a Christian and have anxiety issues.”
We are told over and over again in Scripture not to be anxious, not to be afraid, but we are consumed with anxiety in our culture. Fixated on it.
Actually, to be honest, we’ve gone even farther and embraced it.
The phrase my anxiety signals active ownership. This is bigger than vernacular. It’s a heart choice. Anxiety has been welcomed into our beings, passed off as a normal human experience, one to be accepted and nurtured.
Oh, how this grieves the Father’s heart!
Jesus starts His Sermon on the Mount section about worry with a Therefore…which immediately catches my attention. (See the previous post I wrote titled Therefore… for further insight into the phrase.)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows [what you need]. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:25, 32-33 NIV
Are you curious of the verses immediately before these, that prompt the use of the word therefore?
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24 NIV
I assure you, Dear Friends, money is one master that humans gravitate toward serving rather than God, but it isn’t the only one. Worry can become our master, too.
It’s interesting to note that Jesus specifically referenced pagans running after worry and the pursuit of meeting their own needs. Pagans. Unbelievers. Not the Church.
We cannot serve both God and Worry!
So what do we do when we find our self caught up in anxiety?
Jesus gave us the answer right here, too. Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness.
Everything else you need will be provided by a God that sees and cares for even the sparrows and flowers of the field. Think about it. Our intricately designed world was fashioned by a limitless Creator. A Creator that loved His Creation enough to sacrifice His Son Jesus on the Cross, to redeem them from the sin that they’d destroyed themselves with.
That God. Our God. He’s capable beyond our biggest worry. He’s mighty beyond our strongest foe. He’s affluent beyond our greatest need.
Worry needn’t receive our worship. What does it afford us? Headaches. Heartaches. Unrest. We must stop giving anxiety a place of authority in our lives. We are the Bride of Christ, redeemed and beloved!
Jesus’ Bride is clothed in white, set free from sin. Worry has no place tied to her, let alone worshiped by her!
Are you anxious? It’s okay to say Yes. But know where it comes from: The Pit of Hell. And know where it belongs: At the foot of the Cross.