“When you fast,” said Jesus, “don’t look miserable as the hypocrites do, for they make it obvious that they’re fasting in order to gain the admiration of others. But I can assure you that this will be all the reward they’ll get. No, when you fast, don’t let it show – keep it a secret. Then your Father, who sees everything that happens in secret, will reward you openly.
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroys them, and thieves break in to steal. No, store up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust does not destroy, and thieves don’t break in to steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be, too.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. When your eyes are good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eyes are bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep is that darkness!
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or you’ll be loyal to one and despise the other. In the same way, you can’t serve both God and wealth.
“So, don’t worry about your life – what to eat, what to drink, or what to wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and clothes? Just look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow or reap or store up food in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you worth more than birds? And can any of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life?
“And why worry about what you will wear? Consider the flowers in the field and how they grow. They don’t work or manufacture, yet Solomon in all his glory wasn’t as well-dressed as they are. Now, if God clothes the grass in such a way – grass that’s here today and fuel for the fire tomorrow, won’t he much more clothe you, my friends of little faith?
“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ The heathen spend all their time chasing after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But if you seek first the kingdom of God, and do what is right, all these things will be given you.
“Therefore, don’t worry about tomorrow – tomorrow can worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.”