In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus said that we must not lay up treasures on earth. We must have a good eye—a generous eye for the needy. We must not serve God and money at the same time. Then in vv. 25-34, Jesus said we must not worry about our basic needs.
There is a link between the thought of serving God alone and the thought of anxiety about our needs. Jesus wants us to serve God and not money. This means absolute dedication to God. But anxiety over our needs draws us away from total commitment to God. If we are to serve God alone, how do we meet our needs? Jesus addresses this anxiety about our needs in vv. 25-34.
Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life” (Matt. 6:25). The word, “therefore,” is from the preposition, dia, which means, “because of, for the sake of” in the accusative case. Jesus is saying, “Therefore,” or “Because of.” We ask, because of what? Because you serve God and not money, do not be anxious of your needs.
The word, “anxious,” is from the Greek, merimnao, which means, “to have an anxious concern, based on apprehension about possible danger or misfortune.” (Louw-Nida) A related word, merimna, means “sleeplessness” (1 Macc. 6:10; Sir. 42:9). To be anxious is to be sleepless. Have you experienced that? You worry too much that you cannot sleep. But Jesus said do not be anxious of your basic needs of food and clothing.
This is the whole point of Jesus’ teaching in vv. 25-34. Don’t worry about your needs. God will provide them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Obey God’s will first. Then God will take care of you.