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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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CLOTHES AND DURATION OF LIFE
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature
There is this matter of clothing. "What shall we put on? How shall we appear before people?" The way to be happy is to impress people with your beauty or your greatness or this or that; your elegance! And immediately everybody looks at you with admiration; so you are perfectly happy, and you put your head on your pillow at night with great contentment; you have achieved your objective.
Money, food, drink, clothing--these are the things, says our Lord, for which people live. In other words, you see, He says that the tragedy of life is due to the fact that men and women are living and are thinking as if they were only bodies. The thought, the attention, the planning, the scheming, the thinking are all in the realm of the body. People conceive of themselves as if they were but animals. That is what animals do--they eat and drink and so on, and so do men and women.
These are the things they talk about; as you see a peacock preening himself, so does a man and so does a woman. What they put on, the impression they make--"they live for these things," says our Lord, and hence all the troubles.
And, of course, there is this other priority that He mentions, and that is the extension of your life in this world. He puts it in these words: "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" (Matthew 6:27). What that really means is, "Which of you by taking thought can add one inch, as it were, to the duration of your life?" But that is what people are interested in--to prolong life, and all the care and the thought and the attention that they put into that! I am not saying this is wrong. Certainly thank God for medicine, for the extension of life; but, says our Lord, do you make that your priority?
A Thought to Ponder
The tragedy of life is that men and women are living and are thinking as if they were only bodies.
From The Kingdom of God, pp. 34-35.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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