One of my favorite messages that Jesus gave was the one about “Hakuna Matata”.

Bobby Shirley

Now, before you run away yelling “Heretic”, let me explain.
It could be the recent trip to Disney World or the incessant DVD playing in our van or memories of 8th grade band when we played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” at half-time and the movie came out on VHS and we watched it all the time.

Whatever the reason, this thought hit me the other day. For those of you who may not know, or have chosen to forget, Hakuna Matata means “No worries”.

Now, back to how Jesus talked about Hakuna Matata. In Matthew, he is giving his magnum opus of the kingdom that we call the “Sermon on the Mount”. In this message he talks about worry. Check it out.

25 “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. 29 But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 30 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? 31 Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

See? Hakuna Matata!

Now, how can we live with Hakuna Matata “for the rest of our days”? The answer is simple. Desire and trust. I know, I know, too easy. Don’t blame me, blame God. He set it all up this way.

Did you notice verses 33? Desire God and His kingdom, you’ll get what you need. Then, stop worrying. I know that this verse reads really well but practically is not easy at all! But, that is the remedy the God put in place. I’m preaching to myself. He knows what’s best for us. We must trust that. 

So, knowing all this your daily walk should look like this.


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