Grassroots

“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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25–34, NIV 1984).

My Musings – I’m sure that while many of us will be glad to put 2020 behind us, we probably still have grave misgivings about what 2021 will hold.  So, how did all the worrying in 2020 work out for us?  Did it add even a “single hour to [our] life?”  Some of us may have lost loved one. Was the worrying able to add a “single hour to [their] life?”  I don’t mean to be insensitive here.  While there were no such losses for me this past year, I did lose my father a few years back and my nine year old son many years before that.  And to be honest, I worried and fretted when their health turned against them.

Things such as this are probably our biggest worries in this life.  But there are so many other things of lesser concern that we also worry about.  To all these, Jesus asks why?  And we ask; why does He ask why?  Because worry truly does not change a thing.  But there is something that does.  Seeking “His Kingdom and His righteousness.”  For if we have that, if we have been welcomed into His Kingdom and have had His righteousness imputed to us through His Son, we really have nothing to worry about. 

Sure, there will still be death.  There will still be sickness.  There will still be hate and harm.  People will continue to go to war.  But those are all things of this kingdom, not His.  We who are part of His Kingdom have “better things in view.”

My Advice – I “came of age” in the late sixties and early seventies.  It was during that time period that my appreciation of secular music took “root.”  One of the bands of that era was the Grass Roots (originally Grassroots).  I heard one of their songs (see my “slightly” edited version below) on the radio today, and it inspired this musing. 

Bands had some crazy names back then (and I guess still do), and I often wonder what they could possibly mean.  One of the meanings of grassroots is ordinary people regarded as the main body of an organization’s membership.

Think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not [the grassroots]—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”  (1 Corinthians 1:26–30, NIV 1984). 

Are you part of the grassroots of God’s “organization?”  If so, you have no eternal worries.  If you are not, the things you worry about in the here and now are the least of your worries.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Seek  “His Kingdom and His righteousness.”  That is your chief worry today.  

Live for Today [Why Worry About Tomorrow?]

When I think of all the worries
People seem to find
And how they’re in a hurry
To complicate their [lives]

By chasing after money
And dreams that can’t come true
[We’re] glad that we are different
We’ve better things [in view]

[While] others plan their futures [without You]
[We’re] busy loving you
(One, two, three, four!)

Sha la la la la la live for [the Lord]
Sha la la la la la live for [the Lord]
And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey
Sha la la la la la live for [Him] today (live for [Him] today)

We were never meant to worry
The way that people do
[No, we]  don’t [need] to [worry]
As long as [we’re in] you

We’ll take [your yoke] it’s easy
And [your burden that is light]
You’ll be [our] lovin’ Savior
[We’ll] be your lovin’ [bride]

We’ll take the most from [our new life]
[Take] pleasure  [by your side]
(Two, three, four!)

Sha la la la la la live for [the Lord]
Sha la la la la la live for [the Lord]
And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey
Sha la la la la la live for [Him] today (live for [Him] today)

[Lord], I need to feel [your Spirit] inside of me
[and hide your Word] deep inside
Jesus, please be close to me
I got to have you now, please, please

Please, please gimme some [of your] lovin’
To gimme some [of your] lovin’
To gimme some [of your] lovin’
To gimme some [of your] lovin’

Father, gimme some [of your] lovin’
Gimme some [of your] lovin’
[Giving thanks for] all your lovin’
Gimme some [of your] lovin’

[Giving thanks for] all your lovin’
Gimme some [of your] lovin’
Now I [return] all your loving

Sha la la la la la live for [the Lord]
Sha la la la la la live for [the Lord]
And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey
Sha la la la la la live for [Him] today (live for [Him] today)
(Oh, yes. yes, yes, yes, yes)
Sha la la la la la live for [Him] today

— GIULIO RAPETTI MOGOL, NORMAN DAVID SHAPIRO