I saw an interesting church sign today that asked a rather simple question that got me thinking; the sign read:What do you really need. It wasn’t a question, and I’m sure it was being used for new sermon series, but take a moment and think about your life and what it is that you need.

Got some things in mind? What was on your list? Most people would put the basics like food, water, clothing, shelter. What about a computer? For me a computer is a pretty significant part of my life (it’s how I make my income after all!). What about books? Most people would put the Bible or some other book on their list (I think they do this to seem spiritual). Car? Savings account?

The more things you start adding to your list the more complicated your life will be. Our lives are filled with things that make life more convenient – cars are a great means of transportation and getting you from point A to point B. Computers are nice and enable you to connect and communicate with people not only around our nation, but even around the world.

This might sound like an anti-technology rant, but it’s really not. Technology is a wonderful gift from God and something that we should take advantage of; my question is, is that tech really a need? You don’t really need an iPod, or a TV, or you name it.

The more stuff we acquire the more we have to worry about. Read what Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-34,

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

We need to be people who don’t worry because we know that our Father in heaven will take care of us. Does life look like pretty hopeless? Try putting your trust in Jesus and see what happens when he is in control.

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