But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6: 33
Jara is a Yoruba word for extra, something more, a little bit more. I remember going to the market with my mother in the busy Jos Main Market and after measuring out mudus (olonka in Ghana) of garri, beans or some type grain to my mother, the market woman adds the jara. If the market seller is very generous and/or you are a Customer, the jara can be as much as four handfuls, if not,then it is much less. But no matter which way you see it, jara is small. In fact, you wouldn’t get jara if you did not first make a purchase. Also, the jara tends to be a bit more if you make a big purchase. But it is still small. The garri you actually buy with your money is what is really significant. You can make a lot of eba from it or soak bowls of garri many times. But not with the jara.
Now, picture this. Jesus said, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”. That is our main purchase. That is what we are to get in the market of life. “[A]nd all these things (what you will eat, drink, wear, your life and tomorrow) will be given to you as well”. That is the jara. Again picture this. You go to the market asking for jara. How absurd! No one would give you a second look. But isn’t that just what we do? Running around chasing the things Jesus said would be added to us. Chasing the jara. Money, cars, clothes. What we will eat, tomorrow, life- we worry about these things not realizing that it is an exercise in futility. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27)
Jesus is saying that seriously, all these things are jara. But seek first…! Make the main purchase. Serve God, love him, give him your time, care about things that have eternal value. And all the things he knows you need will be added to you as well.
Think about it. You can’t live on jara.