Saturday, January 6: They do not sow or reap or store away in barns
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.
Read Matthew 6:25-27
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
As humans, almost by our nature it seems, we spend so much of our lives scrambling to get what we need and—if and when that's fulfilled—what we want. In a wealthy culture like ours, the majority doesn't live from meal to meal but instead tends to seek more and more money to buy more and more stuff, experiences, and security. Compare this way of the world with the way of Jesus described in today's passage. Come up with three pairs of words or phrases that describe and contrast these two ways of life.
This temptation is hard to avoid when we live in a culture that seems to have "more, more, more" as one of its cornerstones. Thinking now of your own life history and tendencies, what's one way that you could purposefully live counter-culturally, that you could go out of your way not to be conformed to this world's system. Now ask God to make you courageous enough to live it out.