The Provisions Of God's Kingdom (Matthew 6:24-34)Ken Miller, November 9, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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This morning Ken started his message by going back to Darrell’s message two Sundays ago. He talked a little about anxiety. What is Jesus’ cure for anxiety? Jesus tells us not to worry; the cure is seeking first the Kingdom of God. By seeking first the Kingdom, all your needs will be met. Do not worry about tomorrow.
Seek – pursue something with great intensity. The woman who lost her coin sought diligently for it.
Ye – a two letter word with a lot of punch. It is you and I. It is all of us—we are all called to pursue the Kingdom of God with intensity.
First – something of HIGH priority. Athletes have one aim when they are training for the Olympics—winning. If an athlete can go through all that just to win the Olympics, surely we can pursue heavily the heavenly goal.
A kingdom has three aspects: King – Jesus; Subjects – Us; Realm – The area that a king reigns over. Anywhere where God’s will is being done is where the kingdom of God is.
Ken finished the message with a hypothetical Kingdom Seeker Sam. We need to live in such a way that Christ’s Kingdom is evident in our lives.
24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (KJV)