The Sparrow and the Heart: The Sparrow (Part 6)

What is it that you worry about? What causes you to have anxiety, obsessive worry, paralyzing fear? Is it money, food, security, safety, relationships? Think carefully about the source or sources of your greatest fears? Maybe your fears are legitimate (like where is my next meal going to come from), or maybe their crazy (like those birds are going to peck out my eyeballs), or maybe its just shallow (like do I look cool). The heart of the matter, however, regardless of your worry is the motivation. Why do you worry? The Scriptures indicate that perhaps some of the reason we worry is because ultimately we are living for the wrong Kingdom.

Verse 33 of Matthew 6 says it this way:

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

Jesus says that seeking His Kingdom is the path to security and safety. Seeking His kingdom is the way to find all that you really need. But seeking your own Kingdom, Jesus says in Matthew 16:24-26, is a good way to lose everything!

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? (Matthew 16:24-26)

You see living for you own kingdom gives you cause to worry, because in that pursuit everything is ultimately up to you. You are your only hope of seeing that kingdom realized.

When I was in college I use to join some friends in jumping off or roofs, or onto ramped up treadmills, and other idiotic things. If that is the kind of person who is solely responsible for seeing his kingdom realized then I should worry! And so should you! But the difference is that in the pursuit of God’s Kingdom ultimately it will be realized because it is God who desires to see it come to fruition. There is no worry in necessary in pursuing God’s Kingdom, He always wins!

This, of course, doesn’t mean that you will avoid all trouble, and we’ll see that next week as we begin to look at the Heart. But the picture that Scripture paints for us is that God is in control and He provides for those whom He loves. You are better than a bird! God provides for the Sparrow and so He will provide for you. But if you are not seeking His Kingdom, if your pursuit does not lead you to glorify Him, then you should indeed worry. What Kingdom are you pursuing?

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