Limits and no limits / by kevin murray

We read in Holy Scripture, "Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6: 25).  For all those caught within a material construct, that cannot and will not see anything beyond materiality, than such a saying as this, makes no sense, because for them, nothing is more important than keeping the body well fed, nourished, and clothed.  So too, for nominal Christians or people of a generic spiritual inclination, these words of wisdom, may appear perplexing, because the body makes it clear to each one of us every day, that it needs food; in addition to the sound knowledge that in order to protect ourselves from the elements or to appear in civil society, we need appropriate clothing.


Yet, hidden behind these words is what Jesus the Christ, is trying to get across, which is all those that spend inordinate amounts of time concentrating on that which is limited by definition, material in effect, and absolutely finite in the scheme of things --signifies that the mind and spirit has lost its way and has been subsumed by the body and its needs, rather than concentrating upon the unlimited bounty that is available freely to all from God.


Too often, mankind spends an excessive amount of time fully believing that they live in a dog-eat-dog world, of a zero sum society, that necessitates that each of us gets ours, or else we will suffer from lack and scarcity.  To a certain degree this is true, for over one billion peoples live in abject poverty, and many more have barely enough to sustain themselves, so that it would appear that only a fool would not be primarily concerned about getting enough to eat, having good shelter, and being properly clothed and employed.


Be that as it may, even those that keep their nose to the grindstone, have made a fundamental error, for by concentrating solely upon earthly matters and therefore the limits that material life presents, they have lost track of the most important thing which is the recognition that with God, there are no limits and therefore nothing to preclude all of us from experiencing eternal happiness, love, and satisfaction, unending.   The very source of life, itself, is not material in nature, which would necessitate both a beginning and an end, but rather it is spiritual, which has no beginning and has no end. 


Sure, food, shelter, work, knowledge, and family all have their place in this world, because we are in and part of this world.  However, that does not mean that we should forget our origin as well as to turn our back upon whom and what we really are.  Those that are unable to understand that the physical body houses our spirit and soul, and that body has relevancy only in this world, and none other; forget the salient fact, that we are all children of the very same God, and that our souls are restless until we find our home back with God, of which in that realm, nothing is lacking, for lack only comes for those that are apart from God, never from those that are wholly with God.