Summary: Jesus has promised us that if we will commit ourselves wholly to the Kingdom of God that all our basic needs will be provided.
At Your Command
Introduction: Matthew 6:25-33
Proposition:Jesus commands us not to worry each day for our basic needs but to,instead, be about our daily spiritual duties.
I.RECOGNIZE HIS INTEGRITY (by)
A.Obey(ing) His Commands
B.Perform(ing) All Your Duties in an Attitude of Trust
II.RECOGNIZE HIS HIGH PURPOSE (by)
A. Striving for The Kingdom of God
B. Striving for His Righteousness
Conclusion:Jesus has promised us that if we will commit ourselves wholly to the Kingdom of God that all our basic needs will be provided.
AT YOUR COMMAND
I remember my first day of basic training. Standing in one of several lines to come.
Hurry up and wait. And the demands: March this way. Eat that way. Left face. Right face.
Double time! Talk this way. Memorize this. Read that. Sign here. Stand there. Move it Move
it Move it! Don’t move a muscle! Sound off!! Be Quiet!
And in that moment so much seemed unfair...unnecessary... troublesome...burdensome.
I remember standing in line...heel to toe with the one in front and behind me...wearing
nothing but a pair of boxers and the skin God gave me...Nose buried in the “smart book”
memorizing the three general orders:
The first still rings in my ears. I hear it whenever I walk through long corridors...or see
soldiers in uniform... or pass a military vehicle on the highway...
“I will obey my special orders and perform all my duties in a military manner.”
What demands they placed on us then. What impossible, frustrating demands.
What we didn’t see amid the murmuring...and the wailing...and gnashing of teeth...and
the shower of our long youthful hair falling in torrents to the cold, highly shined, tile
below...were the demands we placed on them -- “the powers that be”...
What we couldn’t see through our agony and regret was that every line...every moment...
every inconvenience... provided us with something to eat,clothing, housing, a salary, education
benefits, medical benefits, innoculations, vaccinations, a job skill...
The demands were not impossible at all. We were free to become soldiers. Free to
excel... free to grow... The demands we thought were too heavy for a man to bear were not heavy
at all --- because every basic human need was provided for us. From that moment on we had
only one mission to dedicate ourselves to: Obey our special orders...and Perform all our duties in
a military manner. Our only concern was to become soldiers.
Matthew 6: 25-33
In order to be a leader a man must have followers. And to have
followers, a man must have their confidence. Hence the supreme
quality of a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real
success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, on a
football field, in an army, or in an office. If a man’s associates find
him guilty of phoniness, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity,
he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other.
The first great need, therefore, is integrity and high purpose.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower (Bits
& Pieces, September 15, 1994, Page 4)
No one can serve a master faithfully unless he trusts that master fully. Any authority that
demonstrates an inability to make good on the expectations of command are over-run. It is the
stuff mutinies are made of -- the arsenic in the sugar of labor unions -- the wedge of mistrust in
marriage -- the treatise of traitors:
Early in our American History we read of a young man at 14
who ran away from home and fought in the French and Indian War.
At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, he joined the American
army as a colonel and in 1775 shared a command with Ethan Allen in
the capture of Ticonderoga. Later he led 1000 men into Canada
where he fought in the battle of Quebec. His courage in battle won
him a promotion to brigadier general. His visage should grace our
money, institutions bear his name, his genius studied by military
strategists and young officers. But something went wrong.
Thoughts of compromise ate away at his patriotic zeal. Difficulties at
home with a wife who loved her England and in-laws with great
British affluence took their toll on his reasoning. He looked around
to see Washington’s rag-tag army of derserting farmers in good
weather and the ill-equipped, starving, freezing faithful in the
winter. Soon the unthinkable happened. He offered his services to
the British, and in 1780 devised a plan to surrender West Point to
British control. Today, instead of being remembered as a natitonal
hero, Benedict Arnold is synonymous with "traitor."
Today in the Word, June, 1990, p. 10
General Arnold was not the coward we remember him as. Rather, he was a man under