THE GREATEST SERMON?
4. Don’t worry
25 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
REASONS NOT TO WORRY
1. WORRY IS UNBELIEVING (v.25).
If God has given you the big things – life and a body in which to live – can he not be trusted to provide for body and soul?
2. WORRY IS BLIND (vv.26-30).
Look above you (v.26).
Look around you (vv.28-30).
3. WORRY IS USELESS (v.27).
It’s more likely to shorten your life than prolong it.
4. WORRY IS GODLESS (vv.31-32).
Leave it to people who have no hope in God.
5. WORRY IS UNNECESSARY (v.33).
If we focus primarily on what concerns God,
he will look after what concerns us.
6. WORRY IS UNHELPFUL (v.34).
God who gives us what we need for today
can be trusted to give us, tomorrow, what we need for tomorrow.
RECIPE FOR NOT WORRYING
1. Learn to trust your heavenly Father
2. Learn to put his interests first.
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