Is Not Life More than food and the Body More than Clothing?

Andrew Young and my dad, Nicholas Hood Sr.


Sometimes I see a line that wraps around and outside a gym shoe store on East Jefferson in Detroit and I begin to wonder about what really matters in life? To the young people in line to purchase the latest and greatest in sneakers, what they seek is important. To be fair, although the lines may not be as long at Saks Fifth Ave., Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms and Macy’s, but there are individuals who also make a “B” line to those stores to also purchase items they just cannot live without. To me, the question is, what do we find that provides us with the kind of abundant life that Jesus Christ promises? Is it the sneakers, dresses, suits and shoes that cost a fortune, or is it something greater?

For three Tuesdays in July, beginning on July 11, 2017 at 7PM, I will be giving talks on “Abundant life” in my backyard, with hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon. If you are in Detroit for any of these gatherings I call, “Burgers and Bible”, please stop by.

When I think about what Jesus says regarding possessions in the Sermon on the Mount, there is a word for all of us in terms of the value we place on material things:

Matthew 6:25 Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing[1]

The larger passage of scripture puts it all in a fuller perspective:

Matthew 6: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. [2]


Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are the most important things in life?
  2. What does Jesus inform you regarding priorities in life?


Prayer: Lord, help me to never lose sight of the things that matter most in life. In you I find strength. In you I have found relevance, in you I find meaning. In you I have learned to appreciate the simple things in life: joy in the smile of a stranger, peace in the midst of the storm and love in the face of hate. Keep me forever in your care. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.


Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 6:25). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 6:25–34). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.