Matt.6:26 – TPT – Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?
What is the point of this teaching, talking about birds and flowers ? What exactly is Jesus getting at? The point is that sons and daughters are not like the lost people of this world. The natural man has his whole focus in life on this world or the present kingdom. That way of living lends itself to worry and, at the end of the day, wasting your life. The Lord finishes this passage with these famous words “seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be provided”. He cares for us more than birds and flowers, knowing that frees us to live our lives for what really matters, the kingdom of God. Here is William Barclay’s on this passage.
“There is no worry in their lives (the birds), no attempt to pile up goods for an unforeseen and unforeseeable future; and yet their lives go on. More than one Jewish Rabbi was fascinated by the way in which the animals live. “In my life,” said Rabbi Simeon, “I have never seen a stag as a dryer of figs, or a lion as a porter, or a fox as a merchant, yet they are all nourished without worry. If they, who are created to serve me, are nourished without worry, how much more ought I, who am created to serve my Maker, to be nourished without worry….” The point that Jesus is making is not that the birds do not work; it has been said that no one works harder than the average sparrow to make a living; the point that he is making is that they do not worry. There is not to be found in them man’s straining to see a future which he cannot see, and man’s seeking to find security in things stored up and accumulated against the future.”
So what does living for the kingdom look like? Paul said it wasn’t food or drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Trust liberates us to press into God. We seek Him in the Bible and in worship, we reach out in love to those around us, and we live in fellowship with our spiritual and natural family. Touching Him and Him touching us frees us from worry and allows us to live for what really matters.