Summary: A sermon about not worrying.
“Those Who Laugh Most Live Longest”
The owner of a racing dog was having a conversation with his prize winning greyhound.
“I heard you are retiring,” the owner said.
The greyhound replied, “I’m not retiring—I quit.”
“Why?” asked the owner.
“I found out the rabbit I’ve been chasing is fake.”
How many of us, how many of the people in this world have found out the rabbit they are chasing is fake…
…or how many people are chasing fake rabbits that they will never be able to catch?
Or if they were to catch it, the rabbit they had spent so much energy and time chasing would turn out to taste like plastic or metal or whatever those fake rabbits are made of.
What are you chasing?
What consumes your time, your energy?
What are you worrying about?
Jesus says, “don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear…
…instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Nothing else will satisfy the longing of our hearts.
Nothing but the source of joy can give us joy.
So Jesus invites us to stop chasing plastic rabbits and to start following Him, to hunger and thirst for God, and to feast on the goodness that comes from God alone!!!
Because, let’s face it.
Anything that is loved and trusted more than God is certain to fail.
And that’s why Jesus repeatedly warns us against the seductive power of possessions, knowing that the desire and race to get them will take us captive and separate us from God, and thus happiness, contentment, joy.
You can’t serve both God and stuff, Jesus tells us in the verse which comes immediately before our passage for this morning.
And Jesus doesn’t tell us this to be a kill-joy, He tells us this because it’s true.
And God wants us to be satisfied, having life to the full.
God wants this so much that God came to earth to show us and tell us how to do it, and then died so that we may die with Him, and in dying with Him—LIVE!!!
Just think of the way Jesus Christ lived life.
He was born in a stable.
Throughout His ministry He was poor, homeless, actually.
And even though He was the King of the World and all things were created through Him and for Him, He came to serve.
He spent His time loving.
He put others above Himself.
He didn’t pursue wealth.
He sought out people and healed them.
He looked for those who were lost in darkness and sin, and transformed their lives…
…saying, “come, follow me.”
He washed the feet of His disciples, and made it clear by both His words and actions that He came to SERVE and NOT to BE SERVED…
…and to GIVE HIS LIFE as a ransom.
And that is the key to everything!!!
Have we come to serve and not to be served?
Are we seeking to give our lives in order to help other human beings?
Has it ever struck you what a basically happy person Jesus was?