ImmerseMessiah NLT - Flipbook - Page 334
when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice
that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private.
And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust
destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures
in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break
in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will
“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your
eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is
unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you
think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other;
you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God
and be enslaved to money.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you
have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more
than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They
don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds
them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your
worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and
how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in
all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares
so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the
fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What
will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of
unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek
the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give
you everything you need.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as
you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which
you will be judged.
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log
in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you
get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your