January 8, 1994
I need to tie up a few lose ends before we go on to Chapter
7. And I will have to admit, I will be very glad to get out of
this section of Scripture about worry. More often than not, whatever
precept I am studying or teaching is a precept I have to deal
Matthew 6:33, And all these things shall be added unto
1) seek ye first... this
is a point we should not underestimate, seek.
The Lord is not referring to becoming more knowledgeable about
the things of the Lord; rather, He is calling on His people to
do more of the thingsof the Lord.
The problem we face today is that God's people will not do
what they know they should do.
Mt 5:47 (And if ye salute your brethren only,
what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?)
I realize the context is v. 44,(Love your enemies, bless them
that curse you, do good to them that hate you, an pray for them
which despitefully use you, and persecute you.), but the implications
for our day are too numerous to overlook.
The Lord makes the point here: "What do ye more
than others?" He is not concerned that we know
more than others. There seems to be a spirit of pride settled
over Christians: a spirit that prides itself in knowing more than
others about many and various subjects. Yet all the time society
is continuing its downward dash toward destruction.
We seek first the kingdom of God by doing
the word of God, for faith without works is dead, being alone,
2) the Lord tells us that as we exhibit our
concern about the things He is concerned about, His Kingdom, He
will supply all the things that the heavenly Father knows we need,
Hosea 4:6. (1022)
This a key verse against worry. The Lord tells us here that
we cannot live tomorrow before it gets here. He tells us that
we do not have the grace to make decisions for tomorrow. He only
promises us grace for today. We can hope and pray that we will
be able to handle the evils of tomorrow when they get here, but
our attention most be on how to handle the evils of today. The
morrow -- the future in general.
1) worry or anxious care will not change one
thing about tomorrow. After all, one cannot even change anything
about himself by worry.
2) we may never even see tomorrow. James says
it like this:
Jas 4:15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the
Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
3) the God who gives to us the morrow, future,
promises to be with us there also.
The answer for worry about the morrow?
Do all we can according to God's word today; serve God to the
best of our ability according to the measure of grace He has provided
us, and leave the results up to Him. This is called, "The
just shall live by faith."
Tomorrow holds plenty of evil, pain and difficulties, so let's
not add to its evils with worry.
Let me mention IN CLOSING THIS SECTION...
This section speaks very strongly about money and what the
Christian's attitude is to be toward money.
As I went through it, I could not help but think about the
many good Christian families that I have known who started out
good and strong for the cause of Christ, then fell to the love
of money. They wanted more than what they had, and the world offered
them the desires of their heart if they would only compromise
what they knew they should be doing for Christ. They took the
better job with more hours, they moved to better homes, they got
what their heart desired, but in the process, they had to lay
aside what was to be their first love: their faithfulness to the
It is far better to lower one's standard of living than to
lower one's walk with the Lord.
Ps 106:15 And he gave them their request;
but sent leanness into their soul.
Isa 10:16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord
of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory
he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
Even though we will examine this closing point in detail in
Mat 8:18-22,I want to make it here also.
I believe one of the major sins from the pulpit today, a sin
we are starting to pay the high price for, is the failure of spiritual
leaders to explain to those interested in religion the very high
cost of following Christ.
Religious groups are growing by great strides by presenting
a gospel for the benefit of the hearer. Those groups offer young
people and new converts a non-Biblical Christ who they can follow
with little or no cost. In fact, those groups emphasis that the
seeker will reap many temporal and temporary benefits in this
But when one follows the Biblical Christ, it could well cost
him everything, even his life.
(I heard mention on a talk show on my in this morning
that Loyd Bensen, the treasury secretary, said that a person who
believed something enough to die for his cause was not worth following.
I only heard it in passing, so I do not know any of the details,
but such a statement would not surprise me in the least. Such
a statement is obviously a direct attack on Christianity. Christ
and His followers after Him have been known for their willingness
to die for the cause of Righteousness and the word of God.)
It costs to be a Christian. It costs: time; money; personal
comfort, reputation and desires; family, and just about everything
else you can mention or think. Christ made it clear that those
who are not willing to pay the price are not His disciples.
My wife and I have been involved in "full time Christian
service" for almost all of our 21 years together. Even before
we were married, we were both involved in Christian service. We
agreed the other night that we could not understand how folks
can get so warped up in temporal things with no eternal value
that they have no time for serving the Lord.
Professed Christians become as involved as do the non-Christians
in their occupations, in their families, in their things that
they enjoy doing. They are left with very little or even no time
to even go to church, let alone time for active involvement for
the Lord in their communities.
Sadly, the fault lies in the pulpit. The fault is that we have
not made clear the cost of following Christ to those seeking the
Lord. Then when they are converted, they feel that conversion
results in the Lord coming to their service rather than a call
for them to go to His service. They see conversion and Christianity
as designed by the Lord for them, not them designed and called
for the glory of God.
Folks who have the Lord on a shelf as an emergency measure
are well advised to take thought for the things for the
morrow. They have forfeited the Lord's promised care
by being so involved in the temporal things of this world, that
they blinded to the cost involved in following the Lord.
The call by the Lord Jesus to His people in vv. 33, 34, is
a call to forsake their love for temporal things and serve the
Lord with gladness, Ps 100:2 Serve the LORD with
gladness: come before his presence with singing.
If the average Child of God would put as much heart into seeking
first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness as he does in
his pursuit of the things he enjoys, there would be a world-wide
turning to the Lord and righteousness.
"Cross not your bridges before you come to them,
but cheerfully shoulder the burden of today and trustfully leave
the future to God." Pink.
The sum total of this chapter could be: Be responsible
before God today and God will be responsible for tomorrow.
And tomorrow probably holds some extremely evil things that
only the grace of God will see us through.
But our God holds and controls tomorrow.
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