Sermon: Anxiety: Reason & Remedy
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:19-34
1. The sermon on the mount (5-7) perhaps was primarily addressed to His disciples, although the crowds surrounding were part of the audience. (Jewish Christian audience)
2. The sermon is a series of instructions on genuine discipleship.
3. Chapter 6:1-18, outward vs inward righteousness, alms, prayer, fasting.
4. 3 Imperatives in our passage on overcoming anxiety.
5. Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
II. The reason for anxiety is based on where treasures are stored. (vs 19-20)
1. Treasure: a possession that is highly valued by its owner. Give Examples
2. First Imperative: Do not prioritize treasure on earth at the cost of treasure in Heaven. Vs 19
3. Earthly treasures are an unsecured investment.
a. It is not permanent
b. It can be destroyed
c. It can be lost
4. Worldly pursuits/treasures tend to induce worry in the lives of followers of Christ. Luke 12:13-21
5. Kingdom pursuits on the other hand cannot be corrupted by any agent and is a secure investment. Vs 20
6. Worry free investment is what we store in Heaven, I Pet 1:4; Treasure that will not fade or spoil or lost
7. Jesus is not condemning riches but the danger that lurks within. Lk 12:33
III. How can we identify where our treasures are being stored? Vs. 21-24
1. A thorough examination of our hearts will reveal what kind of treasures we possess Vs 21 (Psalm 139:23-24)
a. Daily choices and actions are the reflection of what we love most. Vs 21
b. Our spending habits reveal where we are invested? (Time/Talents/Resources)
2. Do you have a healthy eye whose object is focused on Kingdom pursuits? vs 22
a. In Jewish context “good eye/single” referred to generosity while an “evil eye” referred to envy and greed.
b. Our physical actions will be governed by spiritual considerations.
c. Our attitude towards possessions and spiritual health have a direct connection.
3. By identifying who is our exclusive Master. A slave can only have one Master. Vs 24
a. Mammon – An Aramaic word referring to possessions & resources
b. Divided focus will become a stumbling block to achieve eternal pursuits
IV. Remedy for anxiety is to pursue the Kingdom of God and His righteousness thereby enjoying the providential care of the Father. (vs 25-34)
1. Second Imperative: Be not unduly concerned or anxious about your life, as life is more than food and and the body more than clothes. Vs 25, 31, 34
2. A preoccupied mind will find it hard to focus on the Master Vs 25
3. The birds depend on Him so why can’t we. Vs26
4. Worrying is a waste of our time. vs 27
5. Our Father’s provision and plans for us are always better than the one we have for ourselves. vs 28-29
6. The more we know God the more faith we place in Him and His provision for us. Vs 30
7. The people of the world who do not know God are the ones who chase after earthly possessions. Our heavenly Father knows and will provide for our needs vs32
8. Third Imperative: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”
V. How do we prioritize Kingdom goals?
1. Get to know our Father and Master of our life by reading His word, praying and worshipping him on a daily basis.
2. Start by evaluating your daily choices of putting time, talents and resources.
3. Hold on to Earthly possessions loosely and use them for the furtherance of the kingdom.
4. Choose to make God Big in every area of your life
a. Endure persecution (Matt 5:11-12; 2 Cor 4:16-18; 2 Tim 4:8)
b. Love your enemies (Matt 5:43-48)
c. Serve the Lord and His people (Matt 10:41-42; Heb 6:10)
5. By not being anxious about the things we cannot control and leave what we cannot control to God.
6. Realise that God is sovereign and in control of everything including your circumstances and that nothing takes God by surprise.
7. Paul’s instruction to Timothy – I Timothy 6:6-11
Prioritise eternal goals in our pursuits by seeking God and His righteousness daily.