Planning for tomorrow/worrying about tomorrow

A new question is shared with us by Christservant:

Dear brother in Christ.

Grace to you, peace and love from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

I come today with a new question concerning the following verse:

(Matt 6:34) “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

In this verse, the Lord Jesus is telling us not to worry about tomorrow… What about planning as He said in (Luke 14:28) “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?”? When someone plans for tomorrow is it the same as worrying about tomorrow? Does it show a lack of trust and dependance on the Lord?

I greatly appreciate the effort you are putting into answering the questions and explaining the verses within their context, brother.

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,”

In Christ’s Love,
Christservant.

A very interesting question! It is about the basics of discipleship.

This is a world full of worries. All around us, we find threats to our life, our family, our possessions… We have the responsibility to take care of all this, and yet we know that all things are not under our control. In the past we have experienced how often things get out of our control, and we think that if we planned better we would escape a big loss. Although the majority of our worries proved to be without any true basis, and many of the things that we feared never happened, and yet some other things that we feared happened in fact. So it is wise to plan for the future, so that we avoid falling in troubles. And yet the future is a mystery for us, and we wish we had certainties on which we could rely in our plannings. What if I work hard and keep money for the future of my children, and yet something unexpected happens in the future and my money proves to be lacking?… Should I work harder? Should I have many insurances? Today’s world is the world of insurances: life insurance, health insurance, group health insurance, dental insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, after the event insurance, disability insurance, earthquake insurance, flood insurance, insurances on different possessions, flight insurance, insurance on pets, and… insurance for the insurance company… Yes, even the one who provides insurance for you needs a reinsurance… And so with all these insurances, man continues to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow is uncertain. This world is the world of false insurances, and true peace of heart is not found in it.

You notice of course that the main question is: On what should I rely for my future? And as each moment that I live was a future a second ago, then another question is: On what should I rely for my present? And as the results of past failures will certainly continue to affect my whole future, then on what should I rely to solve that? In brief, the big question is: On what should I build my life? What is the best way to plan and live my life?

The answer of the natural man is: “I rely on myself! It is a sign of weakness to rely on someone or something else! Those Christians rely on God because they are weak!”… Since the Fall man has decided that he can take control over his life, that he can choose between good and evil, and that he can be like God… And yet, we have seen how man finds things getting out of his control, and thus he becomes the slave of all the things for which he worries. Naturally, man chooses to rely on possessions in order to have an assurance for his future. But we have seen that possessions cannot give that assurance, and they need insurances themselves… And thus the man who mocks the Christians for relying on God proves to be himself the weak one who needs to rely on possessions to insure his future, and so he keeps worrying about his future and he keeps serving money without even admitting it. And with all this, his future is not certain for him… He may say that he doesn’t serve money and has not made money his god and master, and yet all of his decisions and all of his efforts and works aim to own money in order to have an assurance for the future, and thus he finds himself owned by that money when he was trying to own it. He says that money is important only when needed… The fact that you think you need money to have assurance is in itself the slavery to money! For instance: If you are before a decision, how do you proceed in your thought in order to decide whether to do something or to refuse it? Let’s say that in your job you find yourself before the decision to do something against God’s Will, and if you don’t do it, you will lose your job. What do you choose? “Everyone does it!” they say… So what do you choose? How can you live and provide the needs of your family if you lose your job? Well, if you choose to obey that which makes you keep your job against the Will of God, then you prove to be the slave of money and possessions, a slave who thinks that without money he cannot live and has no other hope.

This is the state of the worldly man; the whole of his hope is in this world, and that hope perishes at the grave, after a whole life of worries and lack of true peace of heart.

And this is the thing about which our Lord talks in the contexts of the verses that you quoted, so let’s study them together to see what He teaches us concerning planning and worries.

I will begin with the context of the verse that you quoted from Luke 14.

In Luke 14, we see that large crowds were going along with Jesus (see Luke 14:25). Many followed Jesus as His disciples, but few were true disciples. Many are those who want to inherit the eternal life, but few are those who find the narrow way, as they prefer the broad way: “Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and many are they who enter in through it. For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) Therefore, the Lord Jesus turns and says to those large crowds that were following Him:

“If any man come to me, and shall not hate his own father and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yea, and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple; and whoever does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27)

The Lord Jesus says that it is not enough to come to Him and bear His Name and be called a Christian. As I said above, many followed Jesus and were His disciples, and yet few were true disciples. If you come to Jesus and yet your heart is still attached to anything or anyone in this world in a manner that makes you disobey Jesus, then you are not a true disciple and you will never be a true one until you deny all and you really put yourself under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Your whole heart should be attached to Him! (For the explanation of what Jesus meant by “hate”, please click here). And when Jesus is the Lord of your life, then you obey Him, even at the cost of losing all human approval and affections.

Now, this means suffering, this means persecution, this means war with the world! This can mean losing everything on which you used to rely in planning your life. But this also means that you rely on Christ alone, and you believe that He alone is wise enough to plan for your future in the right manner and to keep you in all circumstances. So each person finds himself before a decision: To rely on God or on possessions in the planning for his future; to build his life on Jesus or on money. Therefore the Lord tells us to count the cost of discipleship:

“For what does a man profit, if he should gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

Sit down and count the cost: Is Jesus worthy of you losing the whole world? What is the worth of this world full of sinfulness and rebellion against God? You need to make a clear decision: Jesus or the whole world! Which one do you choose? You may gain the whole world, but that will not give you any profit concerning assurance and Salvation for your soul. You can’t buy eternal life with money. In the same way, you can’t buy safety and assurance for the future with your money, as we have seen above. So if you rely on money in the building of your life, you will live a whole life of insecurity, and also lose your soul, as you can’t pay money in exchange for your soul. Therefore, the Lord tells you to sit down and count the cost, and He gives the examples that you quoted in your question:

“For which of you, desirous of building a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, if he have what [is needed] to complete it; in order that, having laid the foundation of it, and not being able to finish it, all who see it do not begin to mock at him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish? Or what king, going on his way to engage in war with another king, does not, sitting down first, take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him coming against him with twenty thousand? and if not, while he is yet far off, having sent an embassy, he asks for terms of peace.” (Luke 14:28-32)

This is not about planning for tomorrow. It is about making a decision in a wise manner NOW. It is about the assurance upon which you choose to build your life. Jesus says let’s take an example from the natural worldly things: When you want to build a tower or a building, you sit down and make calculations in order to take the right decision, and you ask yourself if you have enough resources to complete that building. In this calculation, you rely on the material resources that you have, and if you find that your resources are enough to build that tower, then you begin to build. So sit down and count: can you be a real disciple of Jesus Christ by your human resources? If you say yes, then you will not be able to follow Jesus, as only the Grace of God can make you a real disciple of Christ, and nothing in you can make you able. If you say no, then you don’t rely on money or on anything in yourself, and you put all your trust on Christ alone, and this is true discipleship. The same is with the king who has ten thousand men and who has to engage in war with another king who has twenty thousand: Can he rely on those ten thousand to be able to have victory against twenty thousand? If not, then he should give up trying. So what are your resources? Are they your fleshly natural resources? If yes, then you can’t be a true disciple, if not, then you have an enough resource in the Grace of God and thus you can be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. So the Lord didn’t mean to talk about planning for your tomorrow. On the contrary: He said if you rely on yourself to plan for your future, then you can’t be His disciple. But if you rely on Him to plan for everything in your life, then you can be His disciple not because you have the resources in yourself, but because of God’s Grace. And this is indeed what Jesus said in another place:

“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” (Matthew 13:12)

If you have the Grace of God, you will receive more grace, “and grace upon grace.” (John 1:16) But if you don’t have the Grace of God (as you refuse to receive it), then even what you have shall be taken from you. N.B.: In this last case you THINK you have, but in fact you don’t: “So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.” (Luke 8:18) So if you think your human fleshly resources are worthy of your trust, then you are deceiving yourself: you THINK that you have anything of worth, but in fact you don’t, and so you build your life on dreams. You can’t plan for your future with your personal resources, and you should wholly rely on Jesus to be the Master of your life. Jesus is God who does not change, but money comes and goes and cannot give spiritual stability and peace of heart. That’s why Jesus continues after the passage that you quoted:

“Thus then every one of you who forsakes not all that is his own cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33)

“Thus then” links this conclusion with all what He said above: so if you rely on your possessions and you do not forsake them ALL, you cannot be a true disciple of Christ. Christ should be the Master of your life, and not possessions. Your possessions should cease to be yours and they should be the Lord’s. It is HE who decides what to do with them, and not you, as they are not yours but His. Your role should be to obey HIS decisions as a good steward, and you should use His possessions (they are not yours but His) to His Glory. So the right order is:

God is the Master and Owner of everything in your life.
You are the steward who should manage the possessions of your Master.
Money is the slave.

The wrong order is:

Money is the master.
You are the slave.
God is dishonored and is out of the equation!

Notice that money does not make you a steward, but a slave. While God makes you His child in Christ, and you serve in His house as a steward or a manager, as the son who is over his father’s house. We can study this later in more details with the parable of the unrighteous steward in Luke 16:1-13, but let us just say a few words about that parable as it links what we saw above with the context of the first verse that you quoted from Matthew 6:34 in your question. In the parable of the unrighteous steward, the Lord says God is the Master, the Owner of everything, and that we are the stewards who should act in a wise way concerning money, in order to please God by His Grace. We should be faithful to God in the management of His possessions, and we should not squander and waste His possessions (see Luke 16:1). And one important way not to waste His possessions is to share them with the needy and to help the poor. It is in this way that we prove to be His faithful children, and we know that we have security in Him as our Father in Christ. And the Lord closes the parable with a verse that He uses also in the context of the first verse that you quoted in your question:

“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Luke 16:13)

So this is the main point in our study concerning planning and worrying: WHO IS THE MASTER OF MY LIFE? Whom am I serving: God or wealth?

And this is indeed the same topic about which Jesus talks in the context of Matthew 6:34. Let’s see it together in a brief way:

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust spoils, and where thieves dig through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust spoils, and where thieves do not dig through nor steal; for where thy treasure is, there will be also thy heart.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Contrary to the worldly way of thinking that builds the whole future hope and the whole life on earthly treasures, Jesus says that we should not store up for us treasures on earth. It’s not money that will give us assurance. Money and all things in life should be in the service of God’s Glory, as we have seen above. And this is indeed how we store up for us treasures in Heaven, i.e. by living for Christ alone. Or else, we will be blinded by money and we will not be able to have the single eye and the single heart that relies on God alone:

“The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body will be light: but if thine eye be wicked, thy whole body will be dark. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)

So let us make sure we keep our eyes on the Light, on Jesus Christ, and thus we will walk in the light, and not in the darkness of the worldly man who walks in sin and keeps worrying and trying to control his own life, and thus he stays in slavery to sin. So the Lord continues:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and will love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)

If money is the master in your heart, you will hate and despise God. And having this in mind, and remembering all what we said above, we should never rely on money to have assurances in our life; we should never think that we need money, but we should always know that we only need God who provides for us everything we need according to His Will and to our good. Many people think that God should give us everything we want. But God never promised to give us everything we want! He promised to give us ONLY what is good. Read with me:

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
(Psalm 84:11)

And this is what Jesus says in the rest of this context:

“For this cause I say unto you, Do not be careful about your life, what ye should eat and what ye should drink; nor for your body what ye should put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body than raiment? Look at the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, nor reap, nor gather into granaries, and your heavenly Father nourishes them. Are ye not much more excellent than they? But which of you by carefulness can add to his growth one cubit? And why are ye careful about clothing? Observe with attention the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; but I say unto you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as one of these. But if God so clothe the herbage of the field, which is to-day, and to-morrow is cast into [the] oven, will he not much rather you, O [ye] of little faith?” (Matthew 6:25-30)

Once again, an expression like “for this cause” relates this passage to all what came before. Many people want to change what Jesus said in these verses, but the Lord was clear: We should not put our trust in possessions. We should not worry, as we rely on the Sovereign Lord of the whole universe, and not on the uncertainty of possessions!! We should not worry for eating and drinking and cloths; that’s what the materialistic man worries about. We have known God, and we know that the life is more than food, and the body is more than cloths, and God takes care of all this in the life of His children. If He takes care of the birds who do not work the sophisticated works that man works, then how much will He take care of His children to whom He gave the wisdom to rely on Him in all their works that they do to His Glory?? By worrying, we can’t change anything. We have seen above that we do not have control over our life and our future. So if we do not have control on our lives, not even on our height and growth, then why should we worry about our eating and drinking and about what we should put on? Indeed, worrying is a big sin and pride! When you worry, you actually think that you can take control over your life and that you do not rely on God in the thing about which you are worrying. Even if you call it “planning”! For planning should be in the hand of God. As a child of God, you should put everything in your life in His hands: “Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3) If you do otherwise, your plans will NOT be established. You may think you succeed without God, but you deceive yourself: You can’t have real assurances without God, and you will never have peace of heart without Him. So if you have faith in God, you will rely on Him to provide everything good for you, as you are His child.

“Be not therefore careful, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we put on? for all these things the nations seek after; for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things.” (Matthew 6:31-32)

“The nations” means the pagans who do not have faith in the real God. If you have faith in God and you know Him, then you know that He is Faithful and Sovereign, and you won’t worry how to control your life, but you will rely on His faithfulness as the loving Father.

And here we get to the main point:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not careful therefore for the morrow, for the morrow shall be careful about itself. Sufficient to the day [is] its own evil.” (Matthew 6:33-34)

In each day we face many attacks on our faithfulness to the Lord, and we should not be lost in our worries for tomorrow. We should keep our eyes on “the good part, which shall not be taken away from” us. (Luke 10:42) What is our part? What is this good part? Oh, I pray that we all keep our hearts on this! Here is our part:

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”” (Lamentations 3:24)

The Lord! The Lord is my portion! And as the Lord is my portion, then I have hope in Him alone! If He is not my portion, I will not hope in Him; I will hope in the uncertainty of wealth. But the Lord is my part forever!

“The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.” (Psalm 16:5)

He is my inheritance! He is Faithful, and He keeps what I have entrusted to Him! And He leads my steps:

“I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
(Psalm 16:7-8)

I have assurance in the Sovereign Creator, my Father in Christ!

And instead of worrying for tomorrow, what do I do? I seek to know my Beloved Lord more and more each day! I hunger and thirst for Him, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.” (Psalm 42:1) This is what I do instead of worrying for tomorrow. And this is what the Lord said:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

It is not our part to seek those things and to worry about tomorrow. If we do that we will be relying on our righteousness and on our possessions, and thus we will be their slaves. We should seek God’s Kingdom: “let thy kingdom come, let thy will be done as in heaven so upon the earth” (Matthew 6:10) We should seek to think like Christ, to feel like Him, to walk like Him, to glorify Him! We should agonize in prayer for the lost. We should eagerly seek that the Kingdom of God be established in the hearts of all men, and that the light of this Kingdom appear in our lives to the Glory of God the Father in Christ’s Name! We should seek God’s Glory and Will. And all this cannot be found in our righteousness! It is found only in the Grace of God, in HIS Righteousness which we should seek like a thirsty man seeks water and a hungry man seeks bread:

“Blessed they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

Only those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. The real children of the Kingdom hunger and thirst after righteousness; that’s their nature. They don’t waste their energy and time worrying for something that they have entrusted to the Lord, as if they don’t really rely on Him! They thirst and hunger after God’s Righteousness. I like very much the following words of John MacArthur concerning this hunger and thirst:

Both hunger and thirst are intense desires. The concept Christ spoke of in Matthew 5:6 was a more powerful concept in His culture than it is in ours. For the most part we don’t know what it really means to hunger or thirst. Most of us have never experienced a drought. We think of hunger as an empty feeling we get when it’s 1:00 p.m. and we are used to eating at 12:15 p.m.

A book written by Major Vivian Gilbert called The Romance of the Last Crusade (N.Y.: D. Appleton & Co., 1927) describes the British liberation of Palestine in World War I. Dr. E.M. Blaiklock related part of it in a magazine article: “Driving up from Beersheba, a combined force of British, Australians and New Zealanders were pressing on the rear of the Turkish retreat over arid desert. The attack out-distanced its water-carrying camel train. Water bottles were empty. The sun blazed pitilessly out of a sky where the vultures wheeled expectantly.

“‘Our heads ached,’ writes Gilbert, ‘and our eyes became bloodshot and dim in the blinding glare…. Our tongues began to swell … our lips turned a purplish black and burst ….’ Those who dropped out of the column were never seen again, but the desperate force battled on to Sheria. There were wells at Sheria, and had they been unable to take the place by nightfall, thousands were doomed to die of thirst. ‘We fought that day,’ writes Gilbert, ‘as men fight for their lives…. We entered Sheria station on the heels of the retreating Turks. The first objects which met our view were the great stone cisterns full of cold, clear, drinking water. In the still night air the sound of water running into the tanks could be distinctly heard, maddening in its nearness; yet not a man murmured when orders were given for the battalions to fall in, two deep, facing the cisterns.’

“He describes the stern priorities: the wounded, those on guard duty, then company by company. It took four hours before the last man had his drink of water, and in all that time they had been standing 20 feet from a low stone wall, on the other side of which were thousands of gallons of water.

“‘I believe,’ Major Gilbert concludes, ‘that we all learned our first real Bible lesson on that march from Beersheba to Sheria wells.'” Blaiklock added, “If such were our thirst for God, for righteousness, for His will in our life, a consuming, all-embracing, preoccupying desire, how rich in the fruits of the Spirit would we be” (“New Light on Bible Imagery: Water,” Eternity [August, 1966], pp. 27-28).

The Greek verbs Jesus used are powerful: peinao means “to suffer deep hunger,” and dipsao means “to suffer thirst.” Those are the strongest impulses in the natural realm.

Source: The Beatitudes – Happy are the hungry

I encourage you to read the whole of that article on the Beatitudes written by John MacArthur. I think we should fast more often, so that we learn what it means to hunger and thirst for righteousness. Fasting will make us feel in our body what that means.

So the real children of God will be like Mary of Bethany, the typical example of a true disciple of Christ, who is always found at the feet of the Lord, learning from Him. Whenever you read about her in the Bible, you find her at the feet of the Lord:

“And it came to pass as they went that he entered into a certain village; and a certain woman, Martha by name, received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also, having sat down at the feet of Jesus was listening to his word. Now Martha was distracted with much serving, and coming up she said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Speak to her therefore that she may help me. But Jesus answering said to her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things; but there is need of one, and Mary has chosen the good part, the which shall not be taken from her. (Luke 10:38-42)

This is the woman who knew what to choose: she chose the good part that no one could take from her. She could lose everything, but she could not lose Christ, and He is enough! “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: He feedeth [his flock] among the lilies.” (Song of Solomon 6:3) Look at those lilies how they are clothed! Not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as one of them! And my Beloved is enough for me; He provides food and water and cloths and everything good for me! He is my part!

Talking about tomorrow? Well, Mary knew about the future in her heart, maybe without knowing with her mind, as she knew how to listen to Jesus and she knew His mind. While all the disciples were worrying about who should be first after Jesus goes back to the Father, Mary knew the right thing to do! Talking about planning? Look what she did:

“Mary therefore, having taken a pound of ointment of pure nard of great price, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” (John 12:3)

You know how expensive that perfume was? Well, Judas Iscariot, who was about to deliver Him up, tells us:

“Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” (John 12:5)

That’s the self-righteous way of thinking. I don’t think anyone of us will want to think like Judas…

But Judas had the money box of the group (see John 12:6); he was like the money manager of the group; he knew how much each thing costs. So he knew that this perfume costs 300 denarii! You know how much that is? That perfume was worth almost a year’s wages. What a waste! As we talk about planning as the worldly people would do, just think what could have been done with that money!

But look what Jesus answered:

“Jesus therefore said, Suffer her to have kept this for the day of my preparation for burial; for ye have the poor always with you, but me ye have not always.” (John 12:7-8)

This woman knew in her heart that Jesus would rise from the dead, although she may not have known it with her mind! She knew that after the death of Jesus she would not be able to anoint His body, as He would have risen, so she did it at the right time! Think of this when you think about planning. The other Marys went to the tomb to anoint His body, but it was late! It was late!

“And the sabbath being [now] past, Mary of Magdala, and Mary the [mother] of James, and Salome, bought aromatic spices that they might come and embalm him. And very early on the first [day] of the week they come to the sepulchre, the sun having risen.” (Mark 16:1-2)

But He had risen already! They couldn’t anoint Him. It was late!

Yes, the perfume was expensive:

she sacrificially gave to Jesus a very costly gift

HOW EXPENSIVE WAS IT?

— “nard” or “spikenard” (vapoos) was both an east Indian plant and the fragrant ointment made from its roots: it was expensive because it was imported from India in sealed alabaster jars.

— nard could not keep its fragrance long after its seal was broken- to open it meant it had to be used up or be rendered useless.

— the amount of nard that she gave was worth a year’s wages for an ordinary workman (300 denari): this would be like a $35,000.00 jar of perfume today (the average yearly income of Americans).

Source: Women of the Bible – Martha and Mary, Women Who Loved Jesus by Kathryn Capoccia

That expensive! But Mary didn’t think in a worldly way. She thought as all true disciples should learn to think. And thus she gave the typical example of how true discipleship is, therefore what she did became an essential part of the Gospel Message:

“Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:13)

In other words, if you don’t preach about this true discipleship, you are not presenting the true Gospel! True Salvation is when one puts himself under the Lordship of Christ, and not when he deceives himself with a dead faith that does not change the heart! If your heart is still on possessions, then you’re not a true disciple of Christ.

So let’s learn from Mary of Bethany. Let’s hunger and thirst for God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness, and God takes care of all the rest, as we have entrusted the whole of our lives to Him. It is He who will lead our steps to take the right decisions at the right time, just as He did with Mary. Our part is to sit at His feet and to listen to Him.

Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ

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One Response to Planning for tomorrow/worrying about tomorrow

  1. Dear brother in Christ,

    May the Lord keep you strong for the work you are doing so zealously in His field.
    I thank the Lord for you and for the very detailed and clear response you have given.
    I still need to have a couple of questions answered, please.

    Some non-believers in Christ often say or ask why many Christians work in the Lord’s field and depend on others to feed them. They look at them as if they are some lazy people… And to support what they say, they often refer to the talents parable in Matthew 25:15-30…

    What do we say to that?

    The Lord bless you and keep you!

    In Christ’s Love,
    Christservant

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