Summary: Lesson 12 in a series on the Sermon on the Mount. It is the second sermon on Jesus’s words about worry. I preached part 1 and 2 as Sunday AM & PM combo.
Fix your Fears (part 2)
Intro. Near the end of his life, Mark Twain said, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” We spent our time this morning looking at this passage from the Sermon on the Mount and we focused almost exclusively on the first sentence, “Therefore, I tell you do not worry.” Tonight I want to broaden our scope just a little bit. I want to look at the rest of the passage, but we must keep in mind what we learned this morning. Remember, we saw the word Therefore and noted that it reminded us to go back to the previous passage about serving two masters. Then, we talked about what Jesus says, “Do not worry.” and how that means that you can stop worrying and you should stop worrying because worry is a sin. We talked about not worrying about the things of this life and then we talked about focusing on the kingdom of God. Tonight we’ll dig into some reasons Jesus gives us not to worry. Let’s re-read that text together.
Matt 6:25-34 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ’What shall we eat?’ or ’What shall we drink?’ or ’What shall we wear?’ 32 "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
The first thing we’ll look at is the first reason Jesus gives. Don’t worry about this life because your life is more than food or clothing. What do you mean Jesus? I mean these are small potatoes in the big picture. These things aren’t worth worrying about. They are too little to be of any concern whatsoever. Jesus gives two examples to help us understand this. First, the birds of the air don’t worry about food and second, the lilies of the field don’t worry about what they will wear. The reason they don’t worry about it is because God takes care of those needs for them. So what Jesus? So, if God takes care of those little things, don’t you think He can take care of your problems? Ok, so you’ve told me not to worry. Why not? We’ll look at four reasons tonight why we shouldn’t worry. Why shouldn’t I worry?