Matthew 6:25-The God of Secondary Needs


Matt. 6:25 ¶ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (emphasis added)

Matthew chapter six is a contrast between two ways of life.  The first is one that seeks praise or glory of men through public religious actions (6:2, 6:5, 6:16) the second does them secretly so God (who sees in secret) will give the reward (6:4, 6:6, 6:18). Actually this isn’t about religious worship but our source of happiness (6:19-20) and whether things are more important to us than God (6:24).

Because what we expend our energy towards reveals what we worship (6:19-20, 6:25) Jesus encourages His disciples not to overthink about the secondary needs of life such as food or clothing.



While studying this passage for a sermon on Sunday from Matthew 6:25-34 I was interested in the last phrase “Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment.”  Basically it means there were more important things to worry about, and in a deeper sense God had already given them life (their primary need) so He could definitely be trusted to meet their secondary needs.

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