Summary: Jesus provides prescriptions for worry.
JESUS’ PRESCRIPTION FOR A WORRY-FREE LIFE
Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus forbids worry. Three times he commands his followers to not worry. For those who are already living in worry, he commands, “Stop the worrying.” For those who are about to start worry, he declares, “Don’t make that step. Don’t even begin to worry.”
Jesus’ command is meant to keep his followers from getting hurt. Worry hurts. It affects people and their relationship. It strangles people. It chokes them. It affects even their sleep. It destroys faith. It leads to a lot of trouble.
(Share story of how 900 more died when death announced he was taking a 100)
Jesus provides three prescriptions for a worry-free life. Notice that these prescriptions require attitude, life, value adjustments. These require repentance, a seeking of divine help, and an honest to goodness evaluation of our lives.
1. MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. (6:19-25a)
The “therefore” in verse 25 refers back to the three decision issues that Jesus pointed out in the previous paragraph. What we decide with treasure, with condition, and who to serve determine whether we turn out to be worriers or worshippers.
Jesus tells us that a worry-free life is a result of making the right decision.
Decision to prefer non-perishable, durable, eternal and heavenly treasures over treasures that are perishable, non-durable, temporary and earthly treasures. With your treasures safe you can live a worry-free life (See 1 Peter 1:3-5).
Decision to live according to God’s revelation or live on your own. This is the issue of the two “eye conditions” that Jesus pointed out in 6:22-23. The good eye sees. It is acquainted with the things of God. It refers to a life guided by biblical truth and values. The bad eye is blind. It is incapable of seeing beyond itself. It is a selfish eye. Knowing the truth and deciding to live by it keeps you from worry.
Decision to serve the right master. To serve Jesus leads to a worry-free life. To decide to live other “gods” means you will have to trust someone else.
2. TRUST THE RIGHT FATHER (6:26, 32)
Twice, Jesus points to the heavenly Father as reason for not worrying.
He says, ‘to worry and have a heavenly Father” is inconsistent. How can you worry when you have a heavenly Father? He also chides worriers by pointing the obvious, “worry is useless.” It is a futile exercise, a total waste of time, of effort, of energy. One cannot prolong his or her life by worrying. In fact, worry shortens life.
There are followers of Christ who need to rediscover the Father God. Some relate with God as they relate to their earthly fathers. Absent, uncaring, unable, undependable earthly fathers do not represent the heavenly Father.
Our attitude is often similar to that of the disciples in Mark 4:35-41. They’d just been with Jesus the whole day and were on their way to another town when they encountered a “furious squall”. The disciples, fearful and quiet upset rushed to Jesus, sleeping at the back of the boat, and accuse him: “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”