Matthew 6:19-25a, 34 Worry

Matthew 6:19-25a, 34 Worry

     The first half of the chapter deals with hypocrisy in three areas – giving, praying and fasting. This part deals with the internal issue of worry. The real issue of worry has its base in the heart “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Note the words “therefore” mentioned twice in v. 25 and 34. “Therefore” is the word that summarizes the thoughts. Jesus spends 15 verses on this subject. In essence, worry at its root is sin just as much as hypocrisy (v. 1-18).

v. 19-24 deal with the three principle causes for worry: (1) your treasure 2) your life and 3) your master

v. 25-34 deal with the cures for worry. How to think and act like a true believer.   

Worry-I must confess that I worry. You probably also do. Jesus spoke to the disciples and a crowd that had good reason to worry: 1) they were poor 2) occupied by Romans (their masters) 3) living was an uncertainty 

1)  Your Treasure

Jesus is not condemning having money or saving for the future. The focus here is what you consider valuable. The main point is that treasures in heaven and treasures in earth are different. Heaven is secure and earth is not. The reason why people worry is based on the security they see in this world. The last parable in the Sermon on the Mount speaks of a wise builder (build on the sand or the rock).

2) Your Life

Jesus contrasts a person who is blind or nearly blind to show us the correct view of life. If you have difficulty seeing, you will be worried about where you are going. Eph 1:18-19  “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Just as your eye shows you the way, so your heart shows you how you live. 

3.  Your Master

The implication here is that everyone will serve something or someone. Jesus illustrates it by the subject of money. “Mammon” is an Aramaic word meaning self-sufficiency in wealth. Your service can’t be divided (even if you think it can). Jesus clearly states that no can serve two masters. How many people (Christians) are living in such a way that they think they can have some of God and some of the world? There is a sense in which this directly relates to idolatry. Idolatry was the great downfall throughout the OT. Psalms 106:36 speaks of Israel, “they worshiped their idols,which became a snare to them.” The Hebrew word for “snare” means a hook (in the nose) or a noose (for your neck). 

So why do we worry? Because our treasure is in the wrong place, our life is in the wrong direction and our service is to the wrong master-v. 25a, 31 and 34. 

The solution is found in the Scripture text.

    1. Jesus declares that you are valuable-v. 26b “Are you not much more valuable…”

    2. Jesus declares that faith is the answer to worry-v. 30 “O you of little faith…”

    3. Jesus declares that kingdom-seekers have true security-v.33 “Seek first the Kingdom of God …”  

W hen you are struggling with worry:

    1.   focus less on self and more on God

    2.   focus your thoughts less on self and more on God

    3.   focus your behavior on ways that reflects less of self and more of God

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