When Jesus began his teaching ministry one of the things he encourages us not to do is to worry about the future. Not even basic things like food and clothing :
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
Jesus asks, “is life not more than food and the body than clothing”?. Before Jesus asks this question he tells us
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mt. 6:19-21)
Perhaps Jesus is saying something like this… “Worry is the result of placing too much value on earthly treasures. As if life is found in having earthly treasures. Life is actually found in how many heavenly treasures you have.”
Instead of letting your heart focus on ‘What do I do to store up more earthly treasures so I can have a happy, pleasant future on earth?’ challenge your heart to focus on “What do I do today to store up more and more treasures for myself in heaven”?
I’ve never been anxious about the size of my heavenly treasure. Never woke up in the morning thinking, “How big is my bank account in heaven and how can I make it bigger”? The root of worry is valuing this world too much. When worry and anxiety creep into my soul it is like a warning bell going off…”You are valuing this world too much. Start valuing treasures in heaven.”