Recap of Sermon on the Mount so far:
A. Chapter 5 - What is expected (love: sacrifice, forgiveness, fidelity, perfection)
B. Chapter 6 - How it is to be accomplished (motivation, singular of focus)
Singularity of Focus / Audience of one
You can’t serve two masters. You will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (mammon). v. 24
Jesus says "Do not worry" 6 times in 10 verses (6:25, 27, 28, 31, 34, 34).
Worry of water, food and clothing were three major concerns in Jesus’ day.
Worry is defined as giving way to anxiety or unease; allowing one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. The major problem with worry is that it wastes the certainty of the present on an uncertain future. Worry is the great distraction that impacts our faith.
So Jesus teaches a master class in how to deal with worry that includes:
Worry is the red flashing light telling us we are distracted on the dashboard of our faith.
2. Futility of worry and Promise of God
A. Past performance is indicative of future performance in the case of Christ!
3. What to do instead
A. Keystone Habit: Strive (seek) for the kingdom of God (heaven) and his righteousness
B. Philippians 4:8-9 -Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Not so in haste, my heart! Have faith in God and wait;
Although He linger long, He never comes too late.
He never cometh late; He knoweth what is best;
Vex not thyself in vain; Until He cometh, rest.
Until He cometh, rest, Nor grudge the hours that roll;
The feet that wait for God Are soonest at the goal;
Are soonest at the goal That is not gained by speed;
Then hold thee still, my heart, For I shall wait His lead.