Passage: Matthew 6:25-34
Do Not Be Anxious
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Because God provides for His people, Christians confront anxiety.
“Therefore.” You cannot serve two masters. Anxious worry is not meant to characterize the people of God.
Pay attention to a couple things.
Jesus never says anxious people will not inherit the Kingdom.
Jesus never says remove the anxiety so God can love you or accept you.
James pointed something out to me. If you say anxiety is a sin, what do you do with Gethsemane. Our Lord sweat blood as He said, “Take this cup from me.”
It is part of the human experience. What are we going to do with it? What we see here is immense CARE.
A God who reassures. Who loves. Who corrects our vision and perspective back onto Him in the midst of our worry.
This will be unraveled as we go.
Outro:Father in Heaven, I thank you for your daily provision. Everything we have is from you and we praise you for all you’ve done to provide for us. Lord, please keep us from ever trusting in any temporary comfort on this earth. We know that every comfort here is only a taste of the glorious comfort that awaits us in glory with You.
Thank you, Jesus, for giving us the greatest provision of salvation through your perfect life and death in our place. We know that this provision will outlive any fleeting experience we have on earth. So we thank you for providing for us not just today, but for eternity.
Holy Spirit, we thank you for making us alive in Jesus. Thank you for coming to help your church. Please give us hearts that seek the Kingdom of God first. We want to show people that we belong in Heaven and that our hope rests there and not here. Help us persevere, Holy Spirit, until we are taken home.