Summary: Stop Worrying And Start Living! – sermon by Gordon Curley - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Problem of Worry:
Worry is unreasonable (vs 25)
Worry is undermining (vs 26)
Worry is unproductive (vs 27)
Worry is unreasonable (vs 30b-31).
Worry is unchristian (vs 32).
The Solution for worry:
Stop living for things and start living for God! (vs 33)
Stop living for tomorrow and enjoy today! (vs 34)
• A man went to see a psychologist regarding the fact he could not get to sleep at night.
• The reason for the man’s sleepless nights was worry.
• He was convinced that someone or something was under his bed.
• Well after many sessions with the psychologist the problem still persisted.
• No-one seemed able to help or cure him of this strange fear.
• One night he was having a pint with a friend in a pub;
• When all of a sudden his friend gave him the solution to his problems.
• The solution was very simple – “Why don’t you just cut the legs off your bed!”
• Problem sorted!
Transition: All people at some-time will experience worry:
• The things that worry you will probably not worry me,
• And the things that worry me may be very different to the things that worry you,
• But worry is a common experience that all of us experience at some time or other.
• Or to use substitute words, we will experience; ‘anxiety, burden, care, trouble, fear’.
• The Greek New Testament word for worry means: "To be divided or distracted".
• Worry works by getting at our minds and our emotions by distracting them:
• We want to think about one particular thing;
• But instead we keep on being distracted, to think on something else
• Our thoughts are divided:
• We cannot let go, we cannot forget about the problem or situation,
• And concentrate on something else.
• Our English word 'Worry' comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which means 'harm';
• It is another form of the word 'wolf’.
• Like a wolf mangles a sheep,
• So anxiety and worry is something that is harmful and damaging to us.
• Worry will so often sabotage a Christians faith:
• If we let it, then it will rob us of our peace and contentment in God!
• That in these verses Jesus isn’t giving us a suggestion.
• He isn’t saying, “Well, in my humble opinion, it might be a good idea not to worry!”
• No! In the original Greek, this is a strong command!
• “Do not worry!”
• “Prayer is an acknowledgment of faith; worry is a denial of faith.
• Prayer is putting my hand in God's, trusting to His loving guidance;
• Worry is withdrawing my hand, and denying His power to lead me.
• Prayer leads through the door of faith into the presence of God;
• Worry leads through the door of anxiety;
• Into the darkness of loneliness and discouragement.
• If prayer rules the life victory results.
• If worry rules the life then defeat will follow!”
• Verse 25 starts with a ‘therefore’ and so this section of teaching;
• Is linked to what Jesus has just been saying in verses 19-24
• The warning in these verses is the danger of a wrong attitude;
• Towards our treasurers and our money.
• The point Jesus is making is:
• It is not wrong to possess things;
• BUT it is always wrong for things to possess us!
“‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 ‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
• The point Jesus is making is:
• It is not wrong to possess things BUT it is always wrong for things to possess us!
• In verses 19-21,
• Jesus is telling us not to base our lives around the acquisition of earthly treasures.
• And then in verses 22-23, he explains why.
• He says that if you keep your eyes focused on the things of God,