The Waste of Worry…
Excessive worry similar between Christians and non-Christians
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples…
Jesus identifies (in the disciples) a problem common to the pagan world.
How many of you would like to worry less?
“Fear not, little flock…”
Let this be a mantra to take with us into the new year.
The day after tomorrow will be 2019!
Let’s make it a year where we move from:
worry to peace.
insecurity to confidence.
fear to contentment.
Enlist God’s power!
Less of the world, more of the kingdom.
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
You are valuable to God.
Excessive worry about worldly things is shooting too low.
1. Worry indicates low self image
Worry is connected to personal value.
25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
The disciples are worrying about these things.
Jesus asks a rhetorical question: a “figure of speech” to invoke thought.
2. Worry is a waste of energy.
“Work smarter, not harder.”
Jesus: Redirect your attention. Control your mind.
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!
Let’s be honest. Today we are not worried about being naked.
First world problems: Triangle
The more we get, the more we want.
We have devices to save time, but we are busier than ever.
We have more than ever before, but we are more anxious than ever.
Once God’s blesses you to pass the bottom, choose others.
29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Is your heart set on money?
Command “not to…” means there is a choice.
3. Mindset about possessions is a choice
the heart follows the mind.
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…” (put it on the wall)
Seek God first and get everything else.
Seek everything else and get neither.
Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
~ C.S.Lewis: Mere Christianity
4. Everything placed above God will be lost
“Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.”
Put first things first.
Keep the main thing the main thing.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
“…little flock…” = Believers
It makes sense that the pagan world worries all the time.
The world is all there is.
Christians already have the kingdom.
5. Worry is a sign of a heart set on the earth
Fear comes from 2 things:
1) Not getting something I want
2) Loosing something I have
“If you love something, let it go, if it comes back, it is yours to keep.
If it doesn’t, it was never yours in the first place.”
jesus with the teddy bear
“Faith without works is dead.”
Jesus is practical.
Ready for the application?
33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor.
Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
Want to invest wisely? “Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out…”
Toss your idols.
Provide purses for yourselves
In a way, generosity is selfish.
This command to sell your possessions and give to the poor is for you.
6. Contentment is a sign of a heart set on heaven
Example: My wife says all the time, “I don’t really need anything.”
And nothing is wasted on her. She enjoys everything so much.
contentment = joy
“…life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
7. Worry is overcome by obedience
What kind of a year will 2019 be for you?
Will you have more or less anxiety by this time next year?
3 Applications for this:
- Meditate on God’s provision in your life, past & present.
- Sell things and give away the money. Give things away. (sound system) Decide to make 2019 an adventure in generosity.
- Anticipate a test from God. Decide in advance to pass it. (Abraham)
Communion - we have everything in Christ