Sunday School Material 11-27-11: Facing Life Without Worry

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(Matthew 6:25-34; 11/27/11)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School Material is God’s people can trust His provision, instead of worry about what they need. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to trust God’s provision, instead of worry about what we need.

Read Matthew 6:25-30
I. Call to a Worry-free Life.
Jesus tells His audience in this section of the Sunday School material not to worry about the basics of life. Life is more important than things.

Since God takes care of the birds and lilies, He can be trusted to take care of His much more valuable people. Besides, worrying doesn’t add even an hour to the lives of those who worry.

Applications –
- Worrying verses being responsible.
Notice in vs. 25 of the Sunday School material the instruction to not worry. Webster defines worry as “to be uneasy in the mind; feel anxiety.” The Greek word being translated as worry means to be anxious about.

On one hand, people of God should not be anxious or fearful about basic necessities like food and clothing. We have a God who will take care of His own. But on the other hand, worrying and being responsible are two different ideas.

The third servant in Matthew 25:14-30 was not punished because he lacked worry. He was punished because he lacked responsibility. Too many people today suffer from a lack of financial responsibility.

When we earn low and spend high this is irresponsible stewardship. Let’s work on distinguishing between worrying and being responsible.

- Perspective and faith. Notice in vs. 25 of the Sunday School material that life is more important than stuff. God has saved us, so we can serve Him with our very lives.

Surely, He will do what is in His power to provide what we need to use our lives in serving Him. In vss. 26, 28, we are urged by the text to look and see. We can be so distracted by worry that we fail to look upon and see what God is showing us.

The God who takes care of birds and lilies can be trusted to take care of those who He claim as His people. As the immediate audience of Jesus, in vs. 30, was said to have little faith, too many today have little faith.

Let’s work on developing the faith and perspective needed to trust God to provide what we need, so He can use our lives in serving Him. Prayerful study and obedience with the support of others will help us with faith development.

- Worry doesn’t work. Notice in vs. 27 of the Sunday School material that no matter how much we worry, we cannot add even one hour to our lives. In other words, worry doesn’t work.

In fact, many who read these notes can testify that worry only makes things worst. For example, worrying about our children doesn’t make them any better. Worrying about them makes us worst.

Let’s remind one another that worry doesn’t work. As Jesus tells His audience several times, in this text, we should remind one another, as needed, to avoid allowing ourselves to be anxious and fearful about what God can be trusted to handle.

Read Matthew 6:31-34
II. Call to Depend on God.
Jesus continues with a contrast between the pagans and those who belong to God in this section of the Sunday School material.

Whereas pagans worry about the basics, the people of God are urged to simply seek to obey God’s will and trust Him to take care of them. Again, Jesus tells His listeners to not worry.

Applications –
- Living like Christians, instead of pagans.
Notice in vs. 32 of the Sunday School material that the people of God are to be different than the pagans or those who are without God. God saves us to transform us.

He wants us to be different than those who do not claim to be on the Lord’s side. There are too many who claim to be Christians, but they are indistinguishable, when it comes to comparing their behavior with that of those who do not claim to be Christians.

Let’s live like Christians. Such living should be known for loving God enough to obey His will. It is His will that we trust Him, instead of allow ourselves to worry or be fearful.

- God’s knowing what we need. Notice in vs. 32 that God knows what we need. When we decide to obey God, we are not deciding to obey One who is ignorant of our needs. God made us and knows all about us.

We can and should trust Him to take care of His own. In other words, God knows that we need, not only food, clothing, and shelter, but God also knows that we need health care and relationships.

God knows that we need some recreation. Let’s demonstrate our faith in God’s knowing what we need, by obeying Him. When we say that we believe that God knows what we need and then worry about our needs being supplied, we are being inconsistent.

- A great promise. Notice in vs. 33 of the Sunday School material that we have a sacred promise. If we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness then all that we need will be supplied.

First, to seek God’s kingdom and righteousness includes discovering and obeying His will. A part of God’s will is to work and to be a wise steward of what is put in our trust.

Second, God promises to supply our needs, not necessarily our wants. Some think that they need more than they actually do. We don’t need two luxury cars, 25 different outfits, or to eat $50 a plate meals four times a week.

Let’s live by the promises of God. In this case, we are to discover and obey God’s will with confidence that He will take care of His own.

Conclusion: Let’s work on trusting God’s provision, instead of worrying about what we need. God has much for those who obey His will.

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