The one thing you need to know if you want to stop worrying.

“‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!'” -Mark 1:15

I wrote earlier about one way the kingdom of heaven can be considered near–it’s only one heartbeat away.

With that in mind, I’ve come to a simple re-wording of Jesus’ first teaching. It may be too simple, but I think it at least gets one part of the message across.

Here it is:

“Don’t worry: heaven is close.”

And this impacts us in two ways.

First, it impacts your selfish fear. Heaven is close, so don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat, or drink, or wear. Don’t worry about your career, or how you’ll provide for yourself. God takes care of the birds, and he’ll take care of you.

Second, it impacts your faithless zeal. This goes back to the idea of trusting God to accomplish what he desires, and letting that trust impact the way we live. We often use the excuse that if we do worry about these things, we can be more effective. We can do a better job, and we can even have a bigger witness. But what will you be witnessing to?

If you believe that you are safe, because heaven is close, and if you believe that God will accomplish what he desires, through whatever kind of life and death he gives you, then that tackles two main saboteurs of faith: selfish fear and faithless zeal.

Don’t worry: heaven is close. Live your life in light of that truth, and nothing will stop you from accomplishing God’s purpose for your life.