Matthew - Why Worry
Text: Matthew 6.25-34
Thesis: To prove all things will work out with God on one’s side.
(1) We can worry ourselves to death.
a. Sometimes, we could do this literally with reference to ulcers, etc.
b. Other times, we could do this figuratively with reference to doing poorly upon a test for which we have studied diligently.
(2) Some extreme cases can be found by noting people who are hypochondriacs.
(3) We can see this in reference to physical, earthly things, but spiritual matters may also fall into this category.
a. For example, we could worry daily about whether or not we are saved.
b. Yet, John told us that we could KNOW that we are saved (1 John 5.13).
(4) Despite the fact that we see worry personified all around us, “Jesus said that worry is sinful” (Wiersbe 28).
I. First, we will examine the immediate context of the passage.
A. Jesus began with His discourse on worry by using “therefore” (Matt. 6.25).
1. Obviously, a pertinent question is: “What is it there for?”
2. He connected this discourse to the previous material.
B. In verses 19-21, Jesus discussed the need for Christians to lay up their treasures in Heaven lest their heart be found elsewhere.
C. In verse 24, Jesus stated that man couldn’t be serving two masters; thus, teaching us that God must be first and foremost in both our actions and our thoughts.
D. In light of this, the connection to the context and worry is an emphasis upon God first in which “concern for material needs will not be able to usurp the first place which it too often occupies in a disciple’s interests” (France 140).
E. Matthew Henry well said, “There is scarcely any one sin against which our Lord Jesus is more largely and earnestly warns his disciples, or against which he arms them with more variety of arguments, than the sin of disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of life, which are a bad sign that both the treasure and the heart are on the earth; and therefore he thus largely insists upon it” (1:66).
II. Second, we will examine the content of the passage.
A. “Take no thought” or more literally, “Do not become anxious,” is commanded because “care or anxiety distracts and divides” (Robertson 1:58).
B. Jesus stated that life is much more than these things in light of the big picture.
C. Also, things work out for the birds, lilies, and grass because God takes care of them.
D. Since God takes care of them, then He can be trusted to take care of us (France 140).
E. In verse 27, Jesus tells us that worrying is to no avail because “it cannot add even a little time to our life-span” (140).
F. “It is our little faith that hinders Him from working as He would. He has great blessings for us if only we will yield to Him and live for the riches that last forever” (Wiersbe 28).
G. To worry about these things is to be like the heathen (28).
H. Henceforth, we should put God first (Matt. 6.33).
I. As Peter told us, “Casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5.7).
III. Third, we will examine the causes for the Christian to be worry-free.
A. God KNOWS our needs (Matt. 6.32).
B. God has PROVIDED for His people in times past (Rom. 8.28-31; Wilderness Wandering; John 3.16).
C. God is ABLE to provide for our present needs (cf. 2 Cor. 9.8).
D. God has PROMISED to take care of us (Matt. 6.33).
E. God is FAITHFUL to His promises (cf. 2 Cor. 1.18; Heb. 6.18).
(1) Worry is one of the biggest battles that we face because we tend to focus upon the wrong things.
(2) If we can see the big picture and get spiritual matters in their proper priority with God being first, then we can understand that this world is not our home and will be able to live daily with the peace that passes all understanding as we take care of the necessities of this earthly life.
(3) Will we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?