If you have ever been coached, or have coached children who are trying to learn a sport, you’re probably familiar with the phrase - “Keep your eye on the ball". The consequences of not keeping your eye on the ball at times, can be rather amusing, but often times disastrous.
In the spiritual realm, the consequences of not keeping our focus on God’s eternal kingdom, results in a life, characterized by worry – the heart issue we dealt with in our Bible text yesterday (Matthew 6:19-35).
Worry is like the engine light that goes on in the panel of your car. You don’t take a hammer out and beat the panel until the light goes out. You realize the light says something is probably wrong with your engine. Worry tells us that something is wrong with the focus of our heart. Worry is our evaluation of God. We are saying, by our worry, that He is neither powerful enough to provide or protect, or wise enough to carry out His promises.
Jesus tells us not to worry, in the context of his contrasting two ways to live. We either live for this world or eternity (Matthew 6:19-20,24,33). When we live for our world, we become king and there is a lot to worry about when you are king. Isn’t there? We are misguided, that we somehow have acquired both the wisdom and power to rule our own lives.
When we choose to live for the kingdom of God, our lives are characterized by faith. God is king of both here and now, and heaven.
Let’s trust HIM!
Next time you worry, let it be a reminder that you need to refocus on the "ball" (His kingdom), and follow Paul’s Spirit-inspired words and pray to the King (Philippians 4:6-8).
Read Joshua 24:1-28.