Steven Furtick — Reverse Your Worry
I'm going to continue this series from Matthew chapter 6. I don't know if I preached at all from the Sermon on the Mount, but it's a very good place to start. We're gonna look at Matthew 6, which I do like. And these profound, powerful words from Jesus. And last week's message was intended to help you evaluate your values. I was thinking that a lot of times if we play the game, and even if we play the game well, but we win at things that are not true to our values, eventually we will get good at winning, but what are we winning at, and what have we won. And so, in order to try to avoid all of this empty sense of chasing after victories, that are not meaningful, we're getting into God's definition of success, God's idea of what is worth winning at, and we're looking at this together, and it was cool to me.
When I was in the airport Monday I got the opportunity to meet one of our new church members. He said, "I've been coming for a little while been going to church, all my life been learning a lot, it's been helpful". I said, "What did you learn yesterday"? I put him on a pop quiz, and he said, "Oh yeah, that was good yesterday, when you said: shallow values produce empty victories". It was like: whoa, you got it exactly right. Usually people, when they quote back your sermon to you, they mess it all up, and they don't make it rhyme, and they switch the words all around, makes you mad, but he got it just right. Then he started preaching other parts, and he said, "I went home and I told my wife and my kids: I love y'all, but leave me alone the rest of the day".
And he's a successful person in his field, his name is Steven, I knew he was a great man of God from that fact, and he said, "I'm really just dealing with emptiness and in that emptiness I realize, it's a lot of times, because my values are shallow. So I've been listening, I've been spending just since you preached". He said, "I've been thinking about my values, not what I think they should be, not what I want them to be, but what are my values, and then aligning those values with God's values".
So let's continue the process, let's go right on to Matthew chapter 6 verse 25, a very relevant scripture today, that I want us to look at together. Matthew 6:25, Jesus speaking, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet", I love that. Somebody say, And yet". I don't deserve the grace of God, and yet, I don't have the educational background, and yet, nobody in my family ever broke this barrier, and yet, I made some mistakes in my life, and yet. I just like little stuff like that. When I'm reading the Bible, y'all do what you want to do, I'ma stop for those little phrases and point them out to you. "And yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they"?
Tell somebody next to you say, "I'm better than a bird. I might not be better than you, but I'm better than a bird, I'm worth more than a bird, I know that much". "Are you not much more valuable than they"? We're going to come back to that. "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life"? No, but you can take some off or you can wish you were dead, because it'd be more peaceful than being in this living hell, called your mind sometimes. So he asked a question.
Now notice, how it starts with a command and then it turns to a question. He said, "Do not worry" and now he says, "And why do you about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all is good she was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today tomorrow stone in the fire, will he not much more clothe you — you of little faith? So do not worry". Stop telling me that, you know. The worst thing you can tell somebody, when they're worrying is what? Don't worry. Unless you know something that they don't, because like I was watching a football game the other day but, it was recorded because I missed it, but the person that was watching it with me checked the score. And we were cheering for the same team, so while I was watching the game, I was also watching them, and when it got a little scary, I just watched them, but when they didn't look scared, I didn't get scared. So, when Jesus says don't worry, I figure, he's already seen how this thing turns out! Come on, it's early to have church, but if you are grateful, that the one who knows the end from the beginning has already prophesied to this current moment, and declared that God is faithful. Come on, give him a shout of praise!
"Don't worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?'". Yeah, hallelujah, is right, that's the only thing you can't say, when you think about this. This is good, this preaches itself, I don't need to make a comment, I could just read this over and over again for 50 minutes, we'd go home. "Don't worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or "What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things", these are shallow values, this is what the world worries about. I want to worry about something, worry about something, weren't worrying about. Worry about teen suicide rates, you just got to worry, worry about that, worry about racism. You want to worry about something? Worry about that. I'm gonna worry about something? Worry about this crazy cycle of fear, that we're all living in. If you want to worry about something, but don't worry about this.
"For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has trouble enough of its own".
The word God gave me to give to you today is Reverse Your Worry. We're gonna get this thing turned around before lunchtime today. Reverse your worry. Came in thinking one way, gonna go home thinking another, reverse your worry. Turn to somebody and say, "It's time to turn it around". So, why do you worry? That's the question. The command is, "Do not worry". And then the question is verse 28 let's see it again, "Why do you worry"? And at this point, if it was anybody other than Jesus asking the question, I would say, "Sit down and let me tell you". You know, oh, I got a list, you want to know why I worry? Well, where do you want me to start? Like first of all, let's start with October in the stock market. If you want to talk about worry, you're gonna talk about the first week in November, you want to talk about.
If you want to know why I'll worry, ok, I got a 13 year old an 11 year old and a 7 year old, and they have the internet, that's why I worry, Jesus, because something tells me, that they are not yet of the emotional and mental health and capacity, to have all of the information in the history of humanity in their pocket, and I'm worried about, what they're going to access. And there's no Bible verse about how much time to give your child on Instagram. If it is, I didn't find it, somebody send me the scripture this week. That's why I'm worried. I'm worried, you know. Why do you worry?