Don’t Worry–Don’t Behave Like the Gentiles

011143966_prevstillFifth, do not worry because in worrying, you behave like Gentiles (pagans). Jesus said,

31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

To the Jew, the word, “Gentiles,” is a negative word. Gentiles are unbelievers who are outside of true faith in God.

What do the Gentiles do? In v. 32, they go after “all these things.” What are all these things? What to eat, what to drink, and what to wear. They go after all these things—food and financial security. But they go after these things without trusting God. They go after these things without following Christ. They go after these things without obeying God.

I’ve known corporate types who work, work, and work every day. They come in early and they go out late. They live stressful lives trying to deliver the deliverables. They work so hard they have no time to worship.

Do you work so hard that you don’t have time to worship? Then you behave like the Gentiles. Do you worry about these things? Then you act like people who do not trust God.

Jesus said do not be anxious about these things. Trust God for these things.


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