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Summary: Because of my Father’s care, I can stop worrying about everything.

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July 29, 2001

If You Only Knew the Father – Part 1

INTRODUCTION

Transition from drama…

It sure is tougher than it sounds. Worry is something we’ve all experienced it to some degree or another.

In a weak moment worry whispers a little something in our ear, like, “Hey, what if - ?”

If that doesn’t make your stomach churn, then he returns in the middle of the night and fertilizes your imagination with several somewhat extreme possibilities, leaving you mildly disturbed if not altogether panicked. The Scripture today comes from Matthew 6:25-34 (p. 960-961). Let’s hear what Jesus has to say about worry.

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1. The dictionary says worry is a mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated.

Chuck Swindoll says worry is…

2. “Anything that drains your tank of joy – something you cannot change, something you are not responsible for, something you are unable to control, something (or someone) that frightens and torments you, agitates you, keeps you awake when you should be asleep.” (Chuck Swindoll, Laugh Again, p. 200)

That’s worry.

One man told his friend, “I have a mountain of credit card debt. I’ve lost my job, my car is being repossessed, and our house is in foreclosure, but I’m not worried about it.”

“Not worried about it!” said his friend.

“No,” said the man, “I’ve hired a professional worrier. He does all my worrying for me, and that way I don’t have to think about it.”

His friend said, “That’s fantastic. How much does your professional worrier charge for his services?”

“$50,000 a year,” replied the first man.

“$50,000 a year? Where are you going to get that kind of money?”

“I don’t know,” said the man. “That’s his worry.”

At times it might be nice to have a professional worrier. Someone who frets and stews over our problems while we live a carefree life. But Jesus says we have someone better than a professional worrier. We have a Father in heaven who is on the job 24/7.

And Jesus would have us know…

Big Idea: Because of my Father’s care, I can stop worrying about everything.

TRANSITION: This morning let’s have Jesus show us why this is true. In Matthew 6, Jesus creatively illustrates something we should never forget – and that something is…

I. I CAN TRUST GOD (v. 25-26; 28-30)

Matthew 6:25-34 begins with the word “therefore.” “Therefore” always points us to what precedes it.

Think of what we’ve learned in Matthew 6 the past few weeks.

Therefore…

Because earthly treasures won’t last

Because our vision is easily distorted

Because the choice before us is between God and Money

Therefore, don’t worry about Money and material things! Verse 25, Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

Of course so, from an eternal perspective. Of course food and clothing are important, but ultimately they are not the most important things.

Jesus reasons with his audience:

The argument goes like this: “If this, then how much more that?”


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