The Bare Necessity of Life

Recently I’ve been reading “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” for my women’s bible study group. I was struck by a section which discussed how worry and anxiety were never meant for us. They came crashing into our lives when Satan convinced Eve to bite into the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil.


The day after reading that section I was washing dishes with my little girl and we were listening to a toddler station on Pandora. Suddenly the song “Bare Necessities” from the movie The Jungle Book started playing. My imagination immediately placed Baloo in the Garden of Eden waltzing around explaining to us why we need not worry or be anxious, because God provides. Only one thing is needful, and that is Christ Jesus. He alone is the bare necessity.



Look for the bare necessities

The simple bare necessities

Forget about your worries and your strife

I mean the bare necessities

Old Mother Nature's recipes

That brings the bare necessities of life


Matthew 6:25-27

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.



Wherever I wander, wherever I roam

I couldn't be fonder of my big home

The bees are buzzin' in the tree

To make some honey just for me

When you look under the rocks and plants

And take a glance at the fancy ants

Then maybe try a few


The bare necessities of life will come to you

They'll come to you!


Psalm 27:4

One thing I ask from the Lord,

   this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

   all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord

   and to seek him in his temple.

Look for the bare necessities

The simple bare necessities

Forget about your worries and your strife

I mean the bare necessities

That's why a bear can rest at ease

With just the bare necessities of life

Luke 10:41-42

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


Now when you pick a pawpaw

Or a prickly pear

And you prick a raw paw

Next time beware

Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw

When you pick a pear

Try to use the claw

But you don't need to use the claw

When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw

Have I given you a clue ?


Psalm 119:71-77

It was good for me to be afflicted

   so that I might learn your decrees.

72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me

   than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

73 Your hands made me and formed me;

   give me understanding to learn your commands.

74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,

   for I have put my hope in your word.

75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,

   and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,

   according to your promise to your servant.

77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,

   for your law is my delight.


The bare necessities of life will come to you

They'll come to you!


So just try and relax, yeah cool it

Fall apart in my backyard

'Cause let me tell you something little britches

If you act like that bee acts, uh uh

You're working too hard


Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.


And don't spend your time lookin' around

For something you want that can't be found

When you find out you can live without it

And go along not thinkin' about it

I'll tell you something true


The bare necessities of life will come to you


Matthew 6:19-21

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.



Clearly the moral of The Jungle Book is not to bring us closer to our Savior, and we certainly shouldn’t replace our daily devotionals with the viewing of the movie. A few modifications, though, and this classic children’s song can teach a strong lesson. We needn’t get wrapped up in the complexities and distractions of this earthly life. Had the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil not been eaten there would be no keeping up with the Joneses, no working 70 hours a week to ensure a comfortable retirement, and certainly no anxiety disorders. We may not be in the Garden of Eden, and sin is certainly running rampant, but there is still only one thing needful. When life begins to weigh you down, cast all your cares on him, the one thing needful, our bare necessity, and let tomorrow worry about itself.