God responds according to your expectation?
Reading: Matthew 6:24-34
Additional reading: Isaiah 49:8-16, Psalm 131:1-3, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 21:34, Luke 14:18-20
Hymns: 333, 324, 316
Prop: Flower, Bird
Blanks: God, heavenly, Solomon, faith, seek
(3) Jesus knew how to live for God.
So Jesus helped his students to live for God.
So how did he do it?
First, Jesus helped them hear God.
Jesus spoke God’s words to them so that they would be very familiar with the way God speaks.
In this way, Jesus helped them to understand God.
(3) We know that every words of Jesus is like seeds.
When Jesus teaches, he is spreading his seeds.
This each seed is supposed to grow and bear fruits in people’s life.
(3) But there are some obstacles for these seeds to grow.
One of them is worry of this world.
What is worry?
It is a thought.
But it can make people suffer physically, spiritually and mentally.
This thought of worry can disturb one’s mind.
This thought of worry can stop God’s words to grow in them.
This thought of worry can hinder people to bear God’s fruits.
So Jesus didn’t want his students to worry.
Jesus wanted his students to enjoy their time with Jesus.
So because he didn’t want his students worry, Jesus said something like this:
(2) “Think about the birds of the air and how they live.
They don’t work to produce their own food.
They have never invested their money for their future.
But God created the world, thinking about them.
Then God feeds them and provides what they need.
So, they can find food and a shelter in this world.
(3) “Think about the wildflowers and how they grow.
They are pretty.
God gives them good colors.
They are dressed better than Solomon in his splendor.
Because God is a better designer than Solomon.”
(3) Jesus wants his students to notice how God cares about birds and flowers.
Because Jesus wants to help his students to see what God is doing.
Jesus wants his students to see how much God cares for this world.
God is trying to provide something good to this world.
God is trying to help them so that they can help the world.
If they see how much God cares and if they understand how much God cares about them, they may be able to trust in God for their lives.
Then they may live for God and bear God’s fruits.
But if they don’t understand how much God cares, they may live like this.
(3) They may hear God’s words. (Matthew 13:7, 22)
But then they may also worry about their life.
So they may be busy storing up, piling up a lot of money.
Then one day, they may die without doing anything about what God said.
God has given them powerful words so that they may accomplish something positive in this world.
But they may die without even using their money for good.
They may die without doing what Jesus asks them to do.
When people worry about their life, this kind of things may happen.
(3) So it is one thing to hear God.
And it is another thing to obey God and bear God’s fruits.
Not all those who hear God’s words can produce God’s fruits.
Because the thought of worry can stop God’s words to grow in them.
So only those who learn to trust in God can bear God’s fruits in their lives.
Those who learn to live boldly for God can bear God’s fruits in their lives.
(3) When they stop worrying and start allowing God to work in their lives, they may have God’s fruits.
They may have a good result, a good product, and good fruits.
Meaning, they may be able to know God and make God known.
They may pray to find out what God wants to say to this world.
They may be able to listen to what Jesus is saying and understand.
Then when they obey God, they may bear God’s fruits.
(3) The students of Jesus tried to follow Jesus.
They tried not to worry about what to eat and what to wear.
They tried not to worry about their lives.
Then following Jesus, sometimes, they were well fed.
But sometimes, they were hungry.
Sometimes, they were well dressed.
Sometimes, they needed a nice shower and a clean dress.
But still they have a good health and enough money to serve God.
(3) And Jesus encouraged them:
Jesus was like:
“Live for God.
Live boldly for God whether you live or die.
Don’t worry about your life.
God will take care of you.”
(3) “God is guiding you.
God is leading you.
You will receive all you need, because God cares about you.
So try to live according to God’s will.
Because God is trying to bear good fruits through your life.
So trust in God.
Trust in me today.
And follow me and do what God wants you to do.”
(3) There was a new Christian in Jordan.
Someone taught him how to trust in God.
So he tried.
He tried for the people of Jordan and Iraq.
And let's watch to what happened when he tried to trust in God:
God was ready for him to pray and seek God’s will.
God was ready for him to offer one of his dream to God.
Then God provided all the money.
That is, God showed up and did what he asked.
(3) In order to have this kind of faith, we may need to read about those whom God has guided and taken care of.
We may need to read about how God helped people to live according to God’s will.
We need to read about how God helped people to follow Jesus.
Then, we may also learn to have faith.
We may learn to believe in God.
(3) But if you have been hearing God, then Jesus may say the same thing to you:
Jesus may say:
“You have heard God.
Pray and trust God who can help you in your life.
And grow with God’s words.
Trust God who can provide.
Trust God who can accomplish God’s will through you.
Then you will see God’s fruits in your own life.”
Jesus, thank you for giving us your words.
Help us trust in you and obey you today.
Help us to bear God’s fruits in our life.
We pray this to you because you are the God of our life.
You are the Savior of our life.
You purchased our life for God.
So we believe that you can help us to bear God’s fruits in our life.
So we pray that may all of us be able to see God’s fruits in our own life.
We pray this in Jesus name.