1.27.2011

Matthew 6:25-34


How does the death of Jesus make me not worry?
Reading: Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus sees God’s hand in nature.
Let me paraphrase what Jesus seems to say here:
Walk outside. Look at the nature.
Look at wildflowers
God designs them.
God puts some nice colors on it.
God still take good care of them.

God made the birds.
They don’t produce much.
They cannot live if God don’t provide.
God still take good care of them.

You are very important to God.
Why?
Because spiritually and intelligently, you are more like God.
God will take care of you.
God will dress you well.
God will do something good for you.
God will take care of your appearance.
So, don’t look at the mirror worrying about things.
It is not going to make much difference.

Buy less.
Less is more.
Then try to live for God.
Then you will be a person who can live like God.
God will work in you.
God will take care of you, so that you can focus on God.
God fills you even in the human point of view.
God will send people to you so that you can listen to God through them.

You don’t really worry about your tomorrow.
God will take good care of you.
Work to make the story of Jesus known.
Try to change a nation based on what you realize from the story of Jesus.

Jesus is sending people to preach to nations about what God is like.
Jesus is asking people to pray for this.
As you pray, God will meet you there.
Pray for changing a nation, God will take care of the rest.
God is going to take care of you, God’s workers.
You will meet good people to work with.
Humbly follow what Jesus is asking you to do.
Practice your faith humbly.
You will be better off.

It is good to use your time for God.
When you use your time for God, you find joy and meaning.
God will arrange things so that you can spend a good time for God.
Learn to use your time for God.
It is a wiser way of living.

Jesus didn’t worry about his life.
He asked us not to worry.
Wait a minute!
But what about this death?
He said “don’t worry about anything. Then he died like that?”
God didn’t dress him nicely.
Jesus was naked on that cross.
It didn’t look like God was taking good care of him.
Why did God offer him to a terrible death?
Teaching the character of God, he was betrayed and died.
This seems a clear abandonment from God.

God even takes good care of wildflowers and birds.
How much more God would have loved to take good care of the Son.

Why would God let this happen?
One of the answers is that because of sin of the world, someone has to die and shed his blood. Because love is greater than sin.
Someone has to face the death with a holy attitude.
Someone has to face his death with a gentle attitude.
Someone has to truly transcend the death.
Someone has to live for God through the death and dying.
Then God lets Jesus experience the new life after death.
When Jesus takes away our sin like that, now we can have a good relationship with God.
We can come closer to God.
The death of Jesus makes us live now without worry.
God is willing to offer God’s life for us.
In this way, God makes us righteous.

In gratitude, now we offer everything.
In gratitude, we don’t give up when loving others seem so difficult.
We don’t give up when loving others seem so unnatural.
We just love in gratitude.
We just love so that our life means something to Jesus.
We live in order to live out the life that we are called to be.

But when we are willing to suffer for God, and when we are willing to serve Christ, we find real joy. We feel truly good.

If we forget what God has done for us, we may get easily tired and may not feel good.
If we forget what God has done for us, we may be not willing to suffer for God and don’t want to focus on Christ Jesus.
We cannot deny that sometimes, following Christ is not easy.
In some countries, in order to follow Jesus, they need to face the death.
In that moment, we don’t worry, because God is in control.
God will take good care of us according to God’s wisdom.

Jesus has started a good work in us.
God is going to complete it.

Note:
We don’t condemn suffering.
We don’t condemn those who suffer.
We don’t baptism violence.

We can also rejoice in suffering.
Through the cross of Jesus, we can see the words: “Do not worry.”
Then you can overcome suffering in faith.

God can turn this around.