Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
We run and run, filling our schedules to the max. It is all about accomplishment, multi-tasking and success. We gauge our lives by what we have and how much we have accomplished. We spend our time building a legacy that we believe will stand the test of time. Read the book of Ecclesiastes however, and we are shaken into the reality that given enough time, no one will remember our accomplishments on this earth.
Sources show that we are experiencing an epidemic of anxiety in the U.S.; we are fearful and uncertain of the future. We are not content because we believe that contentment will come with the attainment of something in the future when in reality, contentment can only happen in the present. The worries of tomorrow rob us of the pleasure of today. Though we are more connected technologically than ever before, we may also be more isolated than we have ever been. Family, community connection, church attendance and other social connection points are in decline.
God has hard-wired us to seek meaning and purpose. We often try to find our identity in possessions, power and prestige, building a personal kingdom of sorts. This is anxiety producing because this world system is actually outside of our scope of control; no one knows what tomorrow will bring. We also find that so many of the things we were trusting in to provide purpose leave us unsatisfied. Jesus invites us to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7) His invitation is for us to join His kingdom, a kingdom not limited by the finite world around us, but one that extends into eternity. The call is to trust and know that faith should reside in our Creator, the one that holds all time in His hands. A relationship with Jesus is one in which we can live in this world knowing that regardless of what we may experience in the here and now, our hope is not here. It is in a kingdom that will never perish. Jesus offers us rest from our burdens: Matthew 11:28-29 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jesus does not just offer a program; He offers soul satisfaction and shows us our true identity is found in relationship to Himself. He offers a transformation from death to life, a renewal through spiritual birth. Lay down the pursuits that only weary us and call upon Him. He will hear and rescue.
Tri Robinson is a pastor with The Rock Church.