January 8, 1994
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Worry or Not

Mat 6:34

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 with.

Matthew 6:33, And all these things shall be added unto you.

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, James 2:17ff.

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)

V. 34.

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 Lord.

It is far better to lower one's standard of living than to lower one's walk with the Lord.

Ps 78:29ff.

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.

Rev 3:14ff.

Luke 14:25-35.

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 life.

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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