Living an Impossible Life: How Christ Can Transform Worry into Trust
Have you ever seen a street performer or an illusionist do something that seemed impossible? Perhaps you wondered how they fit in that tiny box or made that card appear out of nowhere. You watched as people's eyes popped and jaws dropped, and you asked yourself, "How do they get that done?".
Well, I want to tell you that Christ has that kind of life for you, where people look at you and think the same thing. "That is impossible. How do they get that done?" And I'm not talking about magic tricks or illusions. I'm talking about living a life that is pretty much impossible to live, according to human standards. When we live in such a way, not only do we attract attention to ourselves, but more importantly, we draw attention to the God who enables us to live that way.
So what is this impossible life that Christ has for us? Let's jump into the scriptures in Matthew 6:25-34, where Jesus commands us not to worry. Can you imagine a human being, or more importantly, a group of people who do not worry? How starkly different their life would look and how eye-popping and jaw-dropping they would be.
But why do we find it so difficult to obey this command? There are three things we forget that cause us to worry. First, we forget how valuable we are to God. In verse 26, Jesus says, "Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they?" God values us highly, and because He values us so highly, He will act on our behalf.
Second, we forget how fruitless worry is. We have all worried and seen that it brought no change to our circumstances. It brings no health to our minds or emotions. It does nothing. And yet we continue to carry on this fruitless activity. Why? Because we forget that it's fruitless and we choose to do it.
Third, we forget that God has a commitment as a loving father to provide and take care of us. In verse 32, Jesus says, "For Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you have need of them all." God, as a father, not only knows our needs but is committed to taking care of them.
When we forget these three things, we find ourselves in a state I call "the orphan." Orphans are not conscious of anyone taking care of them. They have to fend for themselves. The whole world lives in the state of the orphan, where there is no father for them. They have to seek and fend for themselves.
But as believers, we have been awakened in Christ to be alert to a father who values us, loves us, and is committed to taking care of our needs. We have the capacity to live a worry-free life. We have the power to do the impossible.
Imagine being in your workplace, where there are a thousand things to worry about. You worry about your performance, deadlines, managing relationships, and more. But if you can live a worry-free life in that environment, you would be doing the impossible. And the eyes of all would look at you and ask, "How do they get that done?"
In conclusion, let us remember to live a life where worry is replaced with trust, faith, and confidence in Him. Let us remember how valuable we are to Him, how fruitless worry is, and how committed He is to taking care of us. By keeping these things in mind, we can live a life that not only gets people's attention but also gives glory to God who is enabling us to do the impossible.
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