Summary: Worry seems to be at the center of most people's lives. We worry about every little thing under the sun, but Jesus tells us not to. Why? Because he's GOD!!
Do any of you ever worry about anything? I know that sounds like a stupid question but when I asked that something probably popped into your head. Right now I want you to think of the one thing you worry about most. Picture that thing in your head. It could be money, your job, your car, house, health, grades, anything. Now I want you to try and figure out why you worry about that thing so much. Does that worry consume your life? Is it all you think about?
I was a huge worrier in high school. I was constantly worried about football, girls, being cool, how I looked, what car I drove (which was dumb because I always had a piece of crap car), not so much grades though. Maybe I should have worked on that. The point is I was always worried about something. That was dumb. It wasn’t until I read Matthew 6:25-27 that I realized why it was so dumb. Jesus tells us not to worry, plain and simple. Don’t worry.
But according to Jesus, why should we not worry? That’s what I want to focus on.
What I want you to get out of this is one simple statement. God will provide for your needs because he loves you.
Don’t Worry About Your Needs:
In verse 25 Jesus says, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry…” Worry means to “be anxious” or “be concerned.” Don’t let these things consume your thoughts and emotions. When you worry about something doesn’t it usually take over your entire life at that moment? Before a big game, before a big test, before a big date…you can’t think of anything else but that situation. Jesus says that’s wrong, don’t do it.
He immediately sets up two categories of need we are not to be anxious about.
1. The first one is our critical needs: Our life. Jesus says “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink.”
a. This might seem a little insignificant to us, we tend to worry about when and how much we get to eat rather than IF we get to eat. Think about your personal situations now: stuff you have to worry about.
b. Am I going to be able to make ends meet? Will I be able to pay my car bill, phone bill, school bill, house payment, utilities? The stuff that hits you week in and week out. Will I be able to find a job? Will I be able to keep that job? Will I even pass my classes or will I be going home next semester?
2. The second category is the non-critical category: your body. Christ says; don’t worry about your body, what you will wear.
a. People put so much thought and effort into what they look like it’s embarrassing. Maybe that’s not you. But we all tend to focus our advancement in life. Our reputation, acquisition, moving ahead in life, getting that raise, that new car, that new house. Am I going to be recognized?
Then he asks a penetrating question: literally-"Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? What is life all about anyway? Why are we even here? Shouldn’t THAT be what we’re concerned with?