“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?’
The world has had much to worry about this year: COVID, political upheaval, social injustice, numerous natural disasters, economic uncertainty. Most of humanity has been touched in some way by these things. Those who haven’t may be wondering if they are next. Christians too have been impacted and it is often tempting to give in to the fear and be controlled by worry about the future. These words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount remind us not to worry. If the Lord takes care of the birds, he will certainly take care of us! We are much more valuable than they are.
That is the point for us this Advent season—we are valuable to Christ. Every single one of us. From the poorest street child in Calcutta, to the richest billionaire in Shanghai. From the black man being mistreated because of skin color, to the white woman talking politics with her friends. We are so valuable, in fact, that Jesus left the glories of heaven to join us in our messy lives and point us back to peace. The opposite of worry is peace. Because of Jesus we can find peace in the storm, peace in spite of the turmoil, peace in the face of death. That isn’t a guarantee that we won’t be impacted when these things happen. It is a guarantee that he will be with us as we go through them. Jesus points out that life is more than things we need, circumstances we desire, or feelings that make us comfortable.
True life is knowing him. That’s where we find peace—in the eternal perspective that knowing him is enough for whatever we face, and that he is coming back soon to make all things new. Worry adds nothing but stress to our lives, but knowing Jesus brings peace. This Advent season may the peace of Christ be with you. Share it with others, and don’t worry!