Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
"Stop being anxious" (Matthew 6:25)
Jesus knew that as imperfect creatures, we have a tendency to become anxious about mundane matters. It is understandable that we are concerned about important issues, such as pleasing God, caring for Christian responsibilities, and providing the necessities of life for our family. (1 Corinthians 7:32-34) What, then, can we learn from Jesus' warning? The world's spirit, with its emphasis on the showy display of one's means of life, infects many individuals with an unhealthy anxiety. They would have us believe that money equals security and that a person's worth is measured, not by his spiritual qualities, but by the quantity and quality of his possessions. Those duped by this propaganda will slave to gain riches and are constantly anxious about acquiring the newest, the biggest, the most advanced products. (Proverbs 18:11) Such a distorted view of material things breeds anxieties that choke an individual's spiritual development.—Matthew 13:18, 22.
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 4:15, 16)