Sermon: Overcoming anxiety as God’s children
Bible Passage: Matthew 6:25-34
Theme: Jesus Christ instructs His followers they need to be free of the anxieties of an uncertain life by trusting the Father’s special care for them so that they may wholeheartedly seek after God.
Background to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chs 5-7)
During times of uncertainty and even the real trouble that many of us face, our Lord Jesus wants to speak specifically to His followers, and He says it three times in this passage “Do not be anxious.” (verses 25, 31, 34)
1. First, our Lord says “Do not be anxious about your life” because our lives have greater significance than even the basic necessities of food and clothing.
2. Second, our Lord says “Do not be anxious like those who do not know God” because we do know God.
Those who are anxious are like those in the world. “The Gentiles” refer to people who do not know God and are not in a Father-child relationship through Jesus Christ.
“God’s kingdom” refers to God’s rule, His direction over our lives. It comes to obedience to God.
“God’s righteousness” very likely refers to living the way God requires (5:6; 5:20)
3. Third, our Lord says “Do not be anxious about the future” because we’re not in control, God is.
Some practical helps:
2. Change of scenery
Develop a “God-in-control” mentality as you seek to live according to His kingdom principles