Matthew 7:13-14 shows that the way of salvation is narrow. In a Gospel marked by power and truth, its light shines brightly against the backdrop of falsehood and deception. Jesus leads His disciples for all time through to an understanding of the exclusivity of the one true God of heaven and earth, as revealed by Himself.
In this passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches what has come to be known as the golden rule. When contrasted with the world’s teaching about treating others how they would want to be treated, we quickly see how completely unique the biblical command is.
If ever there were a privilege in the Christian life, infinitely valuable, yet so lightly treasured, prayer might be it. Yes, everyone values prayer in time of need, but how many live with such total dependence on God every day and at all times?
"Do not judge so that you will not be judged." These are the words of Jesus, and what follows are words that clarify His meaning. The world wants to prevent judgment of any kind but Jesus continues His teaching against hypocrisy, and includes in that broader discussion the way we judge each other.
Jesus continues His discussion of the things that trouble believers by focusing on daily worries and anxieties. After teaching that Christians are not called to a pursuit of wealth and earthly gain (See "Treasure and Tragedy", Mat. 6:19-21; and "Single-Minded Devotion", Mat. 6:22-24)—which only leads to worry, He expands the logic of His argument to show that they are not in fact even to have anxiety even about physical needs.
Obsession over money and greed toward worldly things is an ever-present reality in the modern world. But this is not a new phenomenon. In the New Testament, we are constantly reminded of our need to be on guard against greed and against the many idols that compete for our attention.