from The King James Bible




Matthew 6: 24-30

24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Review and Assess:

1. Respond: How do you view worries about the future?
2. (a) Recall: What human activities do the fowls and lilies fo the parable avoid? (b) Analyze: How does this "omission" affect their lives? (c) Interpret: Describe the attitude towards life that Jesus advocates.
3. Draw Conclusions: Does Jesus, the speaker of this sermon, mean that his followers should literally "take no thought for life"? Explain.
4. Speculate: Explain what a life lived like the lilies might be like.