“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
The word “worry” generally means to be anxious or careful, but it actually comes from two words that mean to have “a divided mind.” Jesus is communicating the idea that His followers should not pull apart their minds, allowing their devotions to be so burdened with the cares of this world that cares about spiritual matters take second place.
When Jesus says “do not worry,” He does not mean we totally ignore the affairs of life and the responsibility laid upon everyone to provide for his family: such an idea would negate other teaching that tells us we are to provide for our own.
Rather He wants His followers to keep their priorities straight at all times. The context itself establishes that we are to focus on laying up spiritual treasures in heaven. By doing so, we will never fail to realize what is really important in life.
"Thought for the Week - 10/26/2014" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.