“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”
Matthew 6:28 NLT
2000 people were asked what they most worried about and in the top 20 at number 18 was “if their dress sense was good.”
Worry about the outward exposes the reality of the inward.
Jesus seemed to think that outward worry demonstrated a low faith balance in our heart’s bank account.
Maybe worry then is an unnecessary withdrawal of faith accompanied by a dangerous deposit of fear.
Did you know that faith works through love? Galatians 5:6
Are you aware that perfect love eradicates fear? 1 John 4:18
When we care about the insignificant (eternally speaking) we lose sight of the significance of His care for us.
If this worry of how others perceive our sense of style is one of 20, how crippling is the sum total of all worry and fear against our potential to wield mountain moving faith?
I love what Jesus did in this passage. The very first thing he did was direct our eyes away from us and toward the demonstration of his surpassing creative power and complete love for all creation.
When we look to the picture He has painted for us we can begin to discover ourselves in the story of His love for us.
Perfectly loved. Perfectly cared for. Perfectly equipped.
Our faith, our belief in Him becomes a reality not when we become aware of His love; but when we receive His love.
The kindness of His love as wrath poured out on Jesus, instead of us, leads us to repentance. Romans 2:4
Now what shall I wear today?