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.
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (ESV)