Our Lord proceeds to say, “No man can serve two masters.”  It is impossible that we be serving carnal ends and serving God at the same time.  If we are living under a spirit of covetousness, greedily grasping for everything we can get, treasuring up nothing for ourselves except earthly goods, then that is our master.  Therefore does our Lord say that we cannot serve God and mammon.  If our hearts are full of covetousness, and the driving motivation of our life is to accumulate more goods, and a fatter bank account, then we cannot be serving God simultaneously.  The heart of a child of God is that, however much God gives me, great or small, those means shall be used to serve Him in my family and in the kingdom of God.

The master Teacher goes on to excellently apply this principle as well.  Since we are living as servants under the dominion of the sovereign God, we ought not to trouble ourselves overmuch about our earthly affairs.  Certainly we must labor, use thrift and wisdom in order to sustain our earthly life and health, but at the same time we must not think that it is through our industry that the necessities of life will be provided.  We could have not a thread of clothing or a morsel of food if our heavenly Father did not provide them for us.  The life is more than meat and the body more than raiment because this earthly life is transitory and vanishing.  The true riches are spiritual health and life: that is God’s greatest gift.  If we do not possess that, what matter is it if we are wealthier than Bill Gates?  The God Who provides for the sparrows, Who arrays the lilies and the grass, will certainly care for the daily necessities of His children.  How much more important that we care for the spiritual necessities by believing in Jesus Christ to be our Redeemer, forsaking our sins, and following Him in the way!

It is with this that He concludes this part of the discourse.  More excellent advice was never uttered than, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness.”  We cannot approach unto God except we be made righteous before Him, and this can only be found in Him Who came to be “the Lord our Righteousness.”  Having done that, God will provide for all our other necessities.  If the time comes when we are in serious want, our God shall still supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  This is a promise of immense comfort.  It parallels very well with David’s declaration in old age that he had never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.  Ought we to worry when we have such a gracious, omnipotent God for our Provider?  No, as Christians we ought, then, not to fret and concern ourselves overmuch about earthly matters.

I do not think Jesus intends to discourage us from prudence in our affairs, nor even from laying up savings for a rainy day.  But He does mean that we should concentrate primarily upon our present needs, and trust God to provide for our future needs.  To do this is to learn along with the apostle Paul that invaluable lesson, “In whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content.”