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Warning Against Worldly Cares

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5 May 2014

Worry

MEMORY VERSE:

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unaware. (Luke 21:34)

TEXT: Matthew 6:19-24; later 25-34

The passage we just read is part of the sermon of our Lord Jesus Christ popularly known as Beatitude or Sermon on the Mount. The warning is so significant that Jesus Christ, the God incarnated Son of Man has to warn the believers, or anyone who will ever come to the Lord. We just conclude our 5th Annual convention. One of the important lessons we learn was, if we want to soar like eagle, we should not entangle ourselves worldly cares. For this reason, we should pay a serious attention to these warnings. Our Heavenly Father is talking to His family the people He redeemed with His blood.

Perhaps we are wondering and ask ourselves, “Why was Jesus Christ warning the believers on this issue?” The obvious reason is that entire world is heading towards the same narrow minded direction of material wealth. Jesus Christ was addressing the rich people that are in the quest for more than enough. He was also addressing the poor that are passionately seeking for ‘just enough.’

In a cut-throat rat-race, the entire world is running helter-skelter for the quest of material wealth. Their slogan of the rich people is, “I just want to be comfortable materially” or “I just want to be self-sufficient.” But the truth is that, whatever may be the level of their comfortability or self-sufficiency, their material wealth is never enough. As a result they are consumed with the desire of having more and more and more.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17)

“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high. (Job 34:24-28) In other words Job was saying, “If I had bowed down to these earthly things, it means he had sinned.”

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (I Timothy 6:6-10)

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: v 19

In other words, the scripture is admonishing us that our earthly treasures do not last forever. Give an average 70 years of man on earth, if the earthly wealth does not leave a man before he dies, the man will finally leave every thing behind.

As a result brethren,

We must not relish in the glory of earthly things
We must not mortgage our soul for the accumulation of earthly wealth
We must not concentrate all attention on them
We must not occupy our thought with them as the ultimate in life
We must not endanger our souls with the entanglement of worldly lust

The scripture did not leave us in darkness about what to do regarding this issue.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your hear be also. vs. 20-21 The heavenly treasures last eternally.

Therefore:

We must put money (wealth) where it rightly belong in our life as a servant to us NOT as a master
We must be heavenly minded even in our earthly investments—
We must be contended with whatever we have
We must invest spiritually in righteousness,
In faithfulness
in holiness,
in loving-kindness,
in obedience to the word of God and
in living each day according to the precept of the scripture.

Before we go to the next subheading, let us consider verse 22 of the passage

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

The scripture is beautiful. Man has two eyes but amazingly these eyes always focus on a single object at a time. The eye of a man is an input device to our mind. The ‘eye’ in this passage has been interpreted as,

a. our heart
b. our understanding
c. our aims and intentions.

If our spiritual ‘eye,’ which is our heart, our understanding, our aims and intentions is focus only on godliness, it will be manifested in good works found in our hands. And this will give glory to God.

DISQUIETING CARES OF THE UNBELIEVING WORLD

The second category of people is not all that particular about being exceedingly wealthy their passion is for just-enough. This quest also subjected them to the anguish of anxiety of tomorrow. They ate today, but they are worry about what to eat tomorrow. They are clothed today but worry about what to wear tomorrow. They have forgotten that no amount of worry will bring food for them. No amount of anxiety will fill their wardrobe with clothes. No amount of time spent brooding over their individual problems would remove the problems.

The third category of people in our time is the believers that are paying too much attention to their bodies. Some people their body is their problem. They worry about being over-weight or under-weight. Some worry about their height. Some so focus their attention on a particular inability and infirmities until it triggers off psychological problems for them.

Being poor is not a spiritually acceptable reason for not worshiping the Lord with your whole heart and your resources. The woman with the widow’s mite received the heavenly acceptance of Jesus Christ. Having one infirmities or the other does not exempt you from being righteous and kind towards another. It does not affect making a serious effort to be fervent in the vineyard of the Lord. It is not supposed to affect your closed relationship with the Lord. Ask Brother Paul. He cried unto God because of his infirmities, the only answer he got from God was, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” This could be interpreted that God is saying, “I am aware of your infirmities but it is part of my glorious plan for your ministry.” Paul concurred and said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:8-9)

Brethren, considering the Israelites in their hazardous journey in the wilderness for forty years:

God never failed to provide water for His people when they were thirsty—water of Mara and Meribah
God never failed to provide food for His people when they were hungry—manna, quails
God never failed to cloth His people in their forty years sojourn in the wilderness.

Although they were on a continuous journey in the deserts for forty years, infections did not kill them, virus did not wipe them off. They survived snake bite. They survived the hostilities of the neighboring countries. Eventually, God brought them to the Promised Land. Why? Because God promised that He will bless their bread and their water and will not allow the disease of the Egyptians upon them. (Ex 23:25; 15:26) The only reason for mass death among the Israelites was when there was sin in their camp. This includes sin of murmuring. Sin of faithlessness. Sin of idolatry, etc

Matthew 6:25-29
Perhaps you are wondering about what should do about your life? First of all: Place godliness on priority list. Take your situation to God in prayer. Make righteous and practical effort that is humanly possible, but do not WORRY brethren. If you know your God intimately, you will not underestimate His ability. This is what He said, “Take no thought for your life…” This is not a statement of a Father that cannot provide for His own people. If you know Him intimately you will be convinced that He will not fail to play His Fatherly role in your life. The general problem with us is that we do not always ask Him to minister to our needs.

Read (Matthew 7:7-11; Philippians 4:6)

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply ALL your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. II Peter 2:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. II Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work

Do you know why God will not fail to supply your needs? Among other reasons, Our Heavenly Father does not want reproaches upon His name about the people that had been identified to His holy name. Secondly, His glory shall not be shared with anyone. “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8)

THE PRIORITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

This takes us to the fourth category of people. These people love God and earthly things equally. This is not spiritually reasonable. The scripture says, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) The scripture is saying that we should not allow anything to compete with God in our life. You can take the whole world but give me Jesus. A believer must be bold to walk away from earthly riches, but must be ready to put God first in every thing. Brethren nothing should compete with God in our heart.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you—Matthew 6:33.

The utmost priority for all believers is to place God in His rightful position in our life. Brethren, there is a spiritual chair at the apex of your heart. Whoever occupies the chair is your God. If you have established a relationship with the Living God, glory be to God for taking that stand. But it is one thing to seek the kingdom of God, it is another thing to maintain a relationship with the Living God in His kingdom.

Many people are seeking God only when they are in need of the blessing of God. That is not maintaining a relationship with God in His kingdom. Israelites brought Ark of Covenant to the battle field without observing covenant relationship with God Himself.  In order to truly seek the Lord, we will need to maintain a consistent cordial and righteous relationship with God. We need to seek God in the understanding of His words. We must seek His face in our prayers and supplications. We must live in righteousness each day and also exhibit righteousness towards humanity. Again, we must understand from the passage we read earlier, that righteousness is not an option—it is a must in our relationship with God. Holiness must be our watchword. We must be heavenly bound in our thought and deeds. We must always seek that our ways are pleasing to God

Example:
Paul desired relationship with Christ more than anything—Philippians 3:7-10. He closed his speech with a statement, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”

There is blessing attached to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness—Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Psalm 34:10 As you are seeking the Lord, you will not lack in Jesus name

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:15 The eyes and ears of the Lord will open you in Jesus name.

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 God delivered, Daniel and the three Hebrews, the same way the Lord will deliver you out of all your troubles, in Jesus name.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
Let us pray


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