Focus on Today.

Christianity, Religion

“Therefore, don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34.

This advice may seem so simple and basic that we fail to realize the spiritual significance it contains, yet it confronts a topic that every person in the world encounters: worry. Humanity obviously has not changed a lot over the course of the last 2000 years, because the calming words of reassurance that Christ spoke in his sermon on the mount in the 1st century A.D. still hold true in the 21st century.

Each of us has doubts, fears, and worries. When we realize just how much of our lives is really out of our control, we tend to become quite overwhelmed and allow these doubts and worries to control us. However, we must remember that feelings of doubt and worry do not come from God. Instead, God offers us relief from worry; He wants us to put all of our faith and focus on serving Him today and for us to let Him work out the events of tomorrow. We must turn our anxieties and fears over to Him every day and have faith that He will take care of us.

Remember the story of the Hebrews as they wandered through the desert for 40 years before they reached the Promised Land. They were worried that they would starve to death because they did not have enough food. So what did God do? He sent manna, a sweet bread-like food, for them to eat every single day they were in the wilderness. He also gave them specific instructions to only gather enough manna for one day at a time, so as to teach them that, if they had faith, He would take care of them every day.

We must learn to live from day to day just as the Hebrews did, and just as Christ taught us to do. We have no control over what happens tomorrow, we have no control over what will happen to us today. We actually have very little control over anything. We can only trust in God and have faith in Him. He will not forsake us.

Spring Cleaning.

Christianity, Religion

“Jesus went into the Temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling inside the temple. He overturned the money-changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves. And He said to them “It is written ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a den of thieves!” Matthew 21:12-13.

According to Matthew’s gospel, the first place Christ visits after His arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday was the temple. The Temple in Jerusalem was the center of the entire Jewish universe; it was the place where God lived and it represented God dwelling among His people. Without a doubt, it was the holiest spot on the earth.

When Jesus enters the temple, he is overcome by the scene that he sees. Inside the temple, merchants were selling animals and other goods to people who were coming to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. The animals–lambs and doves–that were being sold were to be used by the religious pilgrims for the required sacrifice that they must offer at the temple.

Why did Christ become so angered? Because the merchants were financially exploiting those who bought animals to use as sacrifice and they were making a profit off of those who had come to the temple to worship. These merchants were commercializing the religious system to make a quick buck. Christ throws them out of the temple because their actions were disrespecting the holy temple and demeaning the worship of all those who were offering heart-felt sacrifices to God.

Christ does the same for us today. In the book of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul says that our “bodies are the sanctuary of God,” and when Christ enters our hearts, He cleanses our hearts just as thoroughly as He cleansed the temple so many years ago. Because of this, we are not to behave in the same way as we did before Christ entered our lives, we are to be completely and totally changed so that we reflect the great work He has done in us.