Matthew, Chapter 6
Matt. 6:22, 23
Matt. 6:22 "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be
single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be
evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light
that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
The eye is the body part that is responsible for sight to the body. As
long as the eye is in working order, sight of objects is clear and
easily identifiable by the whole body. When the eye becomes diseased or
we develop double vision, then a darkness settles in and is felt by the
whole body. One only need to close their eyelids and walk around to
quickly determine the detrimental effects of blindness.
While most people have their
natural eyesight, yet a large number of God's people have spiritual
blindness. They are walking about in spiritual darkness. What is the
cause of this spiritual blindness? The answer is that they have double
vision. They have their eye on the world at the same time that they have
their eye on God and his word. What they see in the world effects the
way that they see and wrongly interpret God's word. They have taken the
word of their parents, grandparents, spouses, friends, teachers, etc.
over the truth that is set forth in God's word. An example of this is
that often parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and preachers have
told them that they must accept and believe in order to be born of the
Spirit. Yet God's word tells us that we must be born of the Spirit in
order to be able to believe. Blindness to this precious truth comes
because people have developed double vision. Their vision of God's word
is blurred by the false teachings of others.
Once a person has accepted as truth a false teaching or precept, this
false belief affects everything that they read or hear about the word of
God. An acceptance of the false teaching that one must hear and believe
the word of God in order to be born of the Spirit leads to the
development and belief of a false works system of salvation.
The cure for this horrible disease of spiritual blindness is to seek,
ask, and knock for truth from God. He will give it to you. We must seek
from him and be guided by the Holy Spirit, however, if we are to find
it. We cannot have one eye on the world and one eye on God and expect to
find the truth.
Matt. 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise
the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Several years ago, I was working
for an organization and had a supervisor. As is the case with most
organizations, there were levels of supervision. My supervisor had a
supervisor, who in turn had a supervisor, who in turn answered to the
head of the organization. At one time, I was working on a project for my
supervisor, another project for her supervisor, another project for his
supervisor, and a project for the head of the organization. In effect, I
had four masters to whom I answered. As the above states, a man cannot
serve two masters much less four. You feel allegiance to one and despise
As children of God, we must decide whom we are going to serve. Rom. 6:16
tells us, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to
obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey." We should yield ourselves as
servants to obey the Lord.
Some raise the objection that "I have to earn a living." The Lord knows
our needs. We must decide where our priorities are. What do we put first
in our lives? The Lord dealt with this in Luke chapter nine: Lk. 9:57
"And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said
unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58 And
Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 59 And he said unto
another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my
father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go
thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I
will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at
home at my house. 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his
hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
There is a cost to serving the Lord. If we are to follow the Lord, then
we should be prepared to have no certain dwelling place or certain place
to lay our head. Furthermore, if we are to follow the Lord we should be
prepared to go at the Lord's bidding even if our natural father is to be
buried at the same time. In addition, saying goodbye to them in our
house should not come ahead of going to serve the Lord. To serve the
Lord requires a priority of our time, our resources, and our affection.
If we give the priority of our time, our resources, and our affections
to serving the Lord, then we are yielding ourselves to him as our
Master. If, however, we give the priority of our time, our resources,
and our affections to serving mammon, then mammon is our Master. We
cannot have two masters.
Matt. 6:25 "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life,
what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what
ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than
raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do
they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can
add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither
do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his
glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe
the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the
oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we
drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these
things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye
have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil
Anxiety is one of the biggest problems with which God's people struggle.
They have worries over many things. If unchecked, they will cause
physical and mental health problems to the ones that have them. Truly,
children of God have no reason to worry. First, the Lord has taken care
of our eternal salvation. He died to redeem us from our sin and
according to the covenant of redemption; he sent forth the Spirit of his
Son into our hearts and caused us to be born of the Spirit. Likewise,
according to that same covenant, Christ will come again and take us home
to heaven's glory world at his appointed time. While many because of
false teachings think that they must do things to get eternal life. They
worry about whether they have done everything they think they must do.
They are plagued with this anxiety. The truth sets them free from that
Second, God has promised us that if we seek him first we will have the
necessities of life. The necessities of life are food and raiment. In
many parts of the world, this is a struggle that many people face
wondering where they will have the resources to purchase the necessary
food and raiment for their lives and for the lives of their family
members. The Lord uses the example of the fowls of the air, that " they
sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly
Father feedeth them." The fowls don't sow, they don't reap, and they
don't gather into barns, yet God feeds them. The Lord then assures us
that we are much better than the fowls of the air. The Lord has the
power to feed the fowls of the air. Doesn't he have the power to provide
for our food as well? Of course he does, so why should we worry? Will
worry have any effect on us getting the necessary food? Worry cannot
make us any taller than what we are. We cannot add a cubit (or even an
inch) to our stature by worrying.
Concerning our necessary clothing the Lord said, "And why take ye
thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even
Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore,
if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow
is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little
faith?" The Lord has gorgeously clothed the grass of the field more than
even Solomon was able to array himself or his family. If God clothed the
grass of the field is he not also able and willing to clothe you more
than the grass of the field. Again, having anxiety will not assist in
any way to clothe our family or ourselves. The Lord tells us not to
worry about what we will eat, or what we will drink, or wherewithal we
shall be clothed. The Lord knows that we have need of these things. He
tells instead, to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness
and all these things he will add unto us. God has promised that He will
see to our necessities if we seek him and his righteousness first. What
a wonderful promise from God. There is no need for us to worry about our
Third, people worry about what is going to happen to us in the future.
Will I get some dread disease and if so who will be able to take care of
my families needs? Will my children be able to go to college? Will I be
able to retire at a certain age? Will I need to go into a nursing home
and if so how will I be able to pay the cost? There are many worries
that people have about things that might happen tomorrow. Many people do
not enjoy life today because they are worried about what might happen
tomorrow. The Lord tells us that we have enough concerns today that we
do not have to worry about what might happen tomorrow: "Take therefore
no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the
things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
Furthermore, if there is anything else that we may find to worry about
the Lord has taught us that he will take care of our concerns: 1 Pet.
5:7 "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." Anxiety is
a waste of time. It is often a reflection of our lack of trust in God.
He has promised to provide for our necessities, he has taken care of our
eternal life, he cares for us and will see to our needs and problems
throughout our lives. Thus we have no need to worry.