by Jerry Watts

The Allure of "All These Things"
Jerry Watts
Matthew 6:24-34

• Over the last 38 years, as we have attempted to serve the Lord, we have lived in many different cities. In every location we had to learn the new home, new city, new roads, and new community. Learning a new community has always been fun, exciting, and (for the most part) fairly easy.
• The system I use for learning the roads of a new location is to learn how the main arteries run and then see how the smaller, connecting roads feed the main arteries. What I have discovered is that, in most communities this is done in a very logical way. That is - UNTIL I came here. The road system around this metropolis is very confusing. At first I thought the people who designed road may have been - well - inebriated because roads rarely lead to where your sense of direction tells you. However, it's the terrain and it serves as a blockade. All in all it can be confusing.
• The confusion caused by the roadways pales in comparison to the confusion which life offers. The world pulls us in one direction while our Lord and His Kingdom pull us in the opposite direction. And the 'rub' is that, much of the time the world's way seems logical.
• Our text today reveals Jesus in the heart of the Sermon on the Mount attempting to get His listeners to understand proper priority. (READ TEXT)
• Some read this text as an excuse to be lazy. The emphasis is not on work but worry.
• The word "Worry" appears, in some form, at least 5 times in this text. Jesus says, "Don't' worry" or "Why worry?" Most of our worrying is wasted on things which will not matter 100 years from now. You say, "I worry about my kids." That's good except it begs the question, "What do you worry about for or with your kids?" "I want them to have food, clothes, and shelter." And so we focus on 'these things.'
• When Jesus speaks of 'all these things' He is using what we know to be human needs as a symbol of this world. No one can serv ...

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