Eternally Minded (Matthew 6:25-34)

Eternally Minded (Matthew 6:25-34)

I.) The World’s Fear

Given the current situation the world is currently facing we will be switching gears for two weeks.

There is a great fear that has engulfed humanity. One news story captures the depth of such fear with the head line: [1]

“A man thought aquarium cleaner with the same name as the anti-viral drug chloroquine would prevent coronavirus. It killed him.”

The article reads:

“In Maricopa County, Ariz., a couple in their 60s watched politicians and news anchors on TV tout chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that has shown the ability to disrupt some viruses but that has not yet been proved effective against the novel coronavirus.

That pharmaceutical name matched the label on a bottle of chemicals they used to clean their koi pond, NBC News reported. The fish tank solvent that treats aquatic parasites contains the same active ingredient as the drug, but in a different form that can poison people.

“I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?’ ” the wife, who was not named, told the network. “We were afraid of getting sick.”

The couple reportedly poured some of the fish tank cleaning chemical, chloroquine phosphate, into soda and drank it. They hoped it would stave off a coronavirus infection.”

Within an hour the husband died.

Q.) What drove them to do such a thing?

A.) The fear of death.

It is tragic to realize the thing he took to save himself brought about the very end he was wishing to be saved from, death.

II.) God Cares for His People

As Christians we are not to be marked by such fear, because such fear is derived from both a focus and conformity to the world. Let’s go a step further; not only are we to refrain from being marked by such worldly thinking, but we are commanded by Christ not to think in such a way:

“Do not be anxious for your life…”[2]

He later adds:

“Which of you being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span?”

The question is rhetorical, “You can’t!”

Jesus teaches us exactly how we are to think; not only in this situation, but in daily living as well:

Matthew 6:25

This is a command to forsake all self-reliance and interest, and depend entirely on the purposes of God. The reason Jesus gives such a command is because He just taught:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”[3]

Q.) When we think like the world, who do we serve most with our riches?

A.) Self.

So we either serve God, or ourselves. God will either be hated or loved by the fruit of our lives.

Since our desire is to serve God, we are not to be worried about the cares of this world, especially the necessities for sustaining our lives:

Matthew 6:25-30

Q.) Why should we not be worried about this life?

A.) God cares for His people.

This is the very comparison He gives:

Matthew 6:31-34

In other words you ought not to crave such things as the rest of the world does, because God is in control and He knows your very needs. If you are seeking His kingdom and His righteousness He is caring for you according to His good purpose.

III.) God’s Good Purpose

Here is what I want you to understand about His good purpose; it is His, and not your good purpose.

God has not promised you a life of security and worldly happiness on this earth. A general glance through the Scripture will reveal that God’s good purpose for some of those He cared for entailed their deaths.

Again, God has not promised you a life of security and worldly happiness on this earth. He has promised us a home that is not here, and an eternity secure in an everlasting life that is not ours, but Christ’s.

This is why Paul says in Colossians:

Colossians 3:1-4

A mind set on one’s eternal security in the finished work of Christ will not be swayed by the world, because it is convinced of the glory that awaits.

He has promised to work all things together for good for those who love Him.[4] Those who love Him are those who have relinquished themselves to His sovereign purposes.

May our response to this pandemic be much like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego before Nebuchadnezzar’s flames: God is able to save us, He will save us, but even if does not, He remains to be good, sovereign and worthy of all honor, glory and praise.


[2] Matthew 6:25

[3] Matthew 6:24

[4] Romans 8:28

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