Readers Theater, Matthew 6:25-34
Seek First the Kingdom of God

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Part of a study on the Sermon on the Mount

READER 1 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.
READER 2 [sing song] Worry, worry, worry
READER 3 [sing song] Fret, fret, fret
READER 2 Worry
READER 3 Fret
ALL [heavily] Sigh!
READER 1 Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
READER 2 Look at the birds of the air;
READER 3 Little birds.
READER 1 They do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
READER 2 and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
READER 3 Are you not much more valuable than they?
READER 1 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
READER 2 Who can add a foot to his stature?
READER 3 Or even a day to his span of life?
READER 1 And why do you worry about clothes?
READER 2 What'll I wear?
READER 3 My clothes are getting worn out.
READER 1 See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
READER 2 Toil or spin.
READER 3 Spin or toil.
READER 1 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
READER 2 In splendor!
READER 3 In glory!
READER 1 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
READER 2 Here today.
READER 3 Gone tomorrow.
READER 1 Will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
READER 2 So do not worry, saying,
READER 3 'What shall we eat?' or
READER 2 'What shall we drink?' or
READER 3 'What shall we wear?'
READER 1 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
READER 2 But seek first God's kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
READER 1 Seek first
READER 2 Seek diligently
READER 3 Before anything else in your life
READER 1 The Kingdom of God
READER 2 God's Reign
READER 3 God's righteousness
READER 1 And all these things will be given to you as well.
READER 2 Given to you,
READER 3 Added to you.
READER 1 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
READER 2 Tomorrow
READER 3 Tomorrow
READER 1 For tomorrow will worry about itself.
ALL Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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Part of a study on the Sermon on the Mount found at http://www.jesuswalk.com/manifesto/

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