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Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not 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? 26Look 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? 27Can 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 labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

About the Passage

This passage is one of the most significant, convicting, and encouraging passages in all of the NT. The fact of the matter is most of us like to worry. I can create more things to worry about than to be happy about.

Somebody said, “Worry is practical atheism.”

When you and I worry about those things that God said he will take care of, we are acting as if God does not exist or at a minimum does not care. Worry tortures us spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Worry deprives us of our sleep and joy.

The passage here starts with “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life….”

What is the, therefore? We need to link it to the preceding verses. If we get to verse 19, we will realize that Jesus is setting up a set of diametric oppositions from which we must choose so that our lives can be free from worry.

Two TreasuresMatthew 6:19-21
Two EyesMatthew 6:22-23
Two LordsMatthew 6:24

1. There Are Two Treasures

Matthew 6:19 21

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

You have to make a choice. Where is my treasure going to be?

What am I going to value the most? Earthly treasures or heavenly treasures?

How does that translate into my life? If you look at the use of my time, my talents if you look at my checkbook or passbook, what does it look like? Are you spending for more treasures on earth or more treasures in heaven?

2. Two Eyes

Matthew 6:22-23

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23But 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!

Once again, in the context, two kinds of eyes are mentioned. You have got to choose which kind of eye you want? Eyes are the window to the body.

The good eye or the healthy eye is probably talking of singleness of purpose.

A bad eye is a divided heart. This is trying to fix your gaze on two things, on the treasures of this world and the treasures of heaven.

You have got to choose what kind of eyes you really want to have. One eye sees things the way God sees them from the Kingdom perspective. One eye sees things the way the world sees them from a worldly perspective.

It is basically saying, “You need to be focused singularly on the love of God. If you are focused on loving God, you will build treasures in heaven.

3. Two Lords

Matthew 6:24

“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.

Scholars say that in the original manuscript, it is not the word money. This word is actually an Aramaic word translated into Greek. An Aramaic word related to the word “Amen” that we say in prayers, meaning the things you trust in, mammon as the KJV call it.

The problem is when the money becomes mammon when you allow money to be the thing that you trust in, then money has become an idol.

Who is your lord? The Lord Jesus Christ or other things that you trust in?

Paul the Apostle in 1 Timothy 6 shows a very balanced view about riches.

1 Timothy 6:6-10

6Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:17

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, (Don’t let money take the place of God. Don’t let money become mammon, the thing that you put your hope in. ) but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

God loves you and for many, God blesses you far beyond in abundance than you ever dreamt when you started your career. He bless you richly for your enjoyment. God has given you blessings so that you can enjoy life.

It is not wrong to have money. It is not wrong to buy a car or to go to a restaurant or have a vacation or have your own house. But it does not stop there.

1 Timothy 1:18-19

18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

The Bible is not actually against money. The Bible tells us:

  • Work hard and earn money.
  • Use money for your enjoyment.
  • But also be mindful of your heavenly treasure.
  • Invest also in your heavenly bank account.

C S Lewis –  “The only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.”

1 Timothy 1:18-19

18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

  • Do Good.
  • Be Rich In Good Deeds.
  • Be Generous.

The way you use your money shows where your treasure is. Look at your bank statement and see to yourself where is your maximum investment going. When was the last time you transferred in generosity?

So, you get to choose what is going to be your god. Is it the Lord or is it mammon?

Money is your God if:

You allow money to determine your joy and happiness.

You are happy when you have a good bank account and if you are angry when your balance is nil, then you are letting money determine what only God should be determined in your life.

If you trust your salary that is coming, you are allowing it to become your god.

And then you are allowing your money and what money can buy for you to become your self-worth. If you are embarrassed that all your friends and relatives have a lot of money, big houses, costly gadgets and you have got this low paying job and you are getting hardly anything. You feel ashamed, you are embarrassed.

If you let money determine who your friends are.

So who is your lord? Money or God?

So, finally, we have the three choices followed by the fourth choice in our text.

  • Two Treasures
  • Two Lords
  • Two Eyes

Now, Jesus says, “You will not worry if your treasures are in heaven, If your eyes are singly focused on laying treasures in heaven, and in God is your master.”

This is a command. Do not worry.

Matthew 6:25

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?

The last verse is also a command: Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Now, right in the middle see what it says: Matthew 6:31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 

Three times over in this very small section, Jesus says, “Don’t worry.” We are not supposed to worry. The problem is, “How do we do that?”

You can always find something to be worried about no matter what your situation is. People worry for riches, relationships, jobs, health, disease, death, and decay. There are lots of reasons to be worried, no matter what your situation in life.

Scriptural Antidote To Worry

1. You Are God’s Priority

Matthew 6:26-27

26Look 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? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Look at the birds in the air. Do you take time to watch those sparrows and birds on the ground and in the air? When was the last time you saw a parrot? Around our house, we have a huge group of free parrots flying in the air and searching for fruit trees, and when they find one, they feed on it.

Look at the birds, God has given them the ability to know where their food is. You are God’s priority and God will help you with your daily needs.

He feeds the little birds in the air, but they do it without worry but with energetic activity.

You do it in the same way, energetic activity but without the encumbrance of needless worry.

2. God Provides

Matthew 6:25

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?

Jesus talks about the issue of food and clothing here. Those are the two things people are concerned about. He feeds birds and birds that have no spiritual value. They can’t sow, they can’t reap, they can’t store. They hatch and fly around a little while and disappear and yet God feeds them. You are so much more valuable than they are. God will provide for you.

Some of you have more than you need, some of you may be struggling for your next bread. Either way, it is God who provides.

Israel had this experience in the wilderness, by feeding on the heavenly manna. Then in the promised land, there is no manna, but it is going to be God feeding you even in the promised land. In the Promised Land you will have to prepare your land, find good seeds, plant them, water the plants, and farm and harvest by the sweat of your brow, separate the weed from the chaff. But it is God who will provide for you.

Deuteronomy 8:16-18

16He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Do not worry, God will provide for you.

3. God Sustains

Luke 12:25-26

25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? (Some text says to add a single cubit to his height) 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

A cubit is a measurement from the elbow to the end of the finger, about 15 inches. Nobody increases his height from 5’7″ to 7’3″. And if you did, for us it would be a big thing but God says it as a small thing.

Some text says about prolonging your life. People in our world today are obsessed with this idea of health. We have all these vitamins, exercise, medications, eating right, etc. This generation’s engaged in health mania. It’s not wrong to be disciplined, eat healthily, and take care of your health. That is good but with that, I’m not going to add one day to my life. God has numbered your days and he will sustain you till the end.

So if you can’t even do that very little thing with all your worry why are you worrying? Worry doesn’t help. Worry makes no contribution.

4. God Is Your Father

Matthew 6:26, 32

26Look 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?

 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

Jesus speaks of God as our Father. We do not have to worry because God is our Father.

I have two children, and I absolutely love being the father. They are never a bother to me and what would hurt me the most is that if they did not let me be their dad.

God is greater than any earthly father. He loves you, He knows every hair on your head, He knows everything that you are facing, and what he loves the most is to daddy us through every circumstance of our life. Our father in heaven knows you need things in this world. He is a provider, protector, and all that you need is available to you from God.

What are you worried about? The root issue of all fear, worry, and anxiety is an orphan spirit.

If you don’t have God as your Father, who’s your father?

Illustration

Last week as we reached our home from the office, I just opened the gate as usual and I saw a small tiny chick of a Green Bee Eater. This was in our compound and unable to fly across our fence. This was a fledgling just learning to fly. We thought for a moment this is far away from the next and abandoned by the parents. After some time I asked Sam to catch it and put it along with our finches in our care. The moment Sam took the bird, all of a sudden the tiny bird’s parents, both father and mother appeared from nowhere and made a huge noise. We finally released the bird on the fence and the parents guided the Green Bee Eater to the next.

Even though we could not see, all the while, the parent’s eyes were on the baby bird. Many times when we feel abandoned and lonely, our heavenly Father is watching. He will provide at the right time.

How To Overcome Worry?

Don’t Worry About Anything That You Cannot Do A Thing About.

Matthew 6:27

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

Don’t worry about things that is beyond your control. You cannot do a single thing about it. This worry is unproductive and it accomplishes nothing.

When we get into the worry more, we start inventing trouble for ourselves. Most of our worries will not happen.

Focus On Today

You look at your danger and say, “What can I do now so that I make the future less worrisome?

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Do what you can do today. Work hard today.

Proverbs 26:14

As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.

Proverbs 6:6-11

6Go to the ant, you sluggard;

consider its ways and be wise!

7It has no commander,

no overseer or ruler,

8yet it stores its provisions in summer

and gathers its food at harvest.

9How long will you lie there, you sluggard?

When will you get up from your sleep?

10A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest—
11and poverty will come on you like a thief

and scarcity like an armed man.

Take little responsible steps now, so that you can make the future less worrisome. The ant cannot get a full supply of food for the entire winter in a day, but each day the ant can get a few grains every day when the wheat is being harvested. The ant’s deposit grains a little every day, and when the winter comes they are well supplied.

There are some things you can do right now, work on it.

Proverbs 31:21

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

So the wise woman takes precaution and has a winter jacket, in case the winter is too cold. Then she can laugh when the winter comes.

You can I can do that. Work on what is important today, don’t worry about tomorrow.

Zeigarnik effect

Russian psychiatrist and psychologist Bluma Wolfovna Zeiganrnik came up with an effect called the Zeiganrnik effect. In this, she tells that our human bodies have the capacity to remember the unfinished tasks.

One day as she was in a restaurant she saw how the waiters knew the exact details of which table ordered what food and which table has not paid the bills. However, once the work was done and payment made, the waiters were unable to recall the detailed information of the orders.

Then she researched 138 children to complete a series of tasks like arithmetic problems and puzzles. She allows the children to complete half the tasks without interruption and interrupted them during the second half of the tasks. Surprisingly 110 children could recall the interrupted tasks than the completed tasks.

God has given us a system to understand and remember our day-to-day work, focus on today.

Seek The Kingdom

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Live more for God than we live for ourselves in this world.

God’s Kingdom is more important than our Kingdom in this world.

If we do that, He will take care of us.

Conclusion

Worry is an active force, great imagination. It can imagine all sorts of things. Worry transports us into the future and we experience worries that don’t even exist.

We are called to live in the present, to focus on his Kingdom and whatever challenges we have today, God will lead us through. Whatever challenges we have tomorrow, we will meet them tomorrow but not today.  Don’t worry.

Worry Is A Matter Of Little Faith

Moving from having a little faith to have great faith is simply taking God at his word and stepping out. In the end, it is all about faith. It is believing that God is in charge of everything. He will not let you be tested beyond your strength.

We trust in God, and so we pray to God and trust in God.

Questions to Ponder

  • What are some of your present worries?
  • Does worry get in your way?
  • How long have you been worrying?
  • And How often do I feel the peace of God in me?
  • How can this sermon help you stop worrying?

Take Away Points

Live like the heavenly treasure is what matters.

Materialism blinds to God’s perspectives.

A lover of both God and money is an idolater.

Don’t value possessions enough to worry about them.

God promises the basics. The examples are food and clothing.25-26, 28-30

Pagans seek material things.

Do not worry. Each day has enough worry of its own, why do you worry about tomorrow.

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