Sunday, 13 September 1998 00:00

An Ever-Increasing Faith

Matthew 6:31-33 (KJV)

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Last week we saw what it means to have "little faith" (v.30). The sign of a little faith is worry and the source of little faith is illogical thinking. Jesus over and again emphasized to His disciples that they were far more valuable than the birds of the air and the lilies of the field whom the Father both feeds and clothes. Now he gives three principles to strengthen our faith.

  1. Recognize that the heathen worrry... "For after all these things do the Gentiles seek..."
    The word "Gentiles" represented pagans or heathen to the Jews of Jesus'day. A Christian is one whose life, mind and soul, has been changed by the grace of God. Those who have never been touched by Christ do have a philosophy of life:
    1. Some view life as a series of contingencies...
      Everything is an accident, or happens by mere chance. There is no design of order. Those who hold to this view, and there are many, are constantly worried about life.
    2. Some view life as simply fatalistic... what is to be will be.
      Fatalism, like all error, has a grain of truth. The error, though, makes it deadly. A fatalist has no knowledge of a personal, loving God called our "Heavenly Father." "Let us eat, drink and be merry," says the fatalist, "for the only hour I have is this one."
    3. A Christian can view life with certainty...
      1. His Father creates, sustains and orchestrates all things.
      2. He will one day return to his Father who has prepared a place for him.
      3. Everything in his life has meaning, for His Father gives it meaning.
  2. Remember that your Father knows..."Your Father knows that ye have need..."
    1. God's knowledge is limitless.
      "All things are naked and opened unto His eyes" (Hebrews 4:13). God knows every pleasure and pang in your heart. He knows all there is to know.
    2. God's knowledge is loving.
      "O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me... how precious also are thy thoughts unto me." (Psalm 139:1, 17).
      1. God's knowledge is used in His care for you.
      2. God's knowledge insures that no mistakes are ever made.
  3. Realize that your responsibility is singular..."Seek ye first the kingdom of God..."
    "Worry" in the original means "distracted or divided about many things." "Seek ye first..." indicates that your mind ought to be concerned about one thing. If you want to worry, worry about your relationship with God... seek Him.
    1. Seek His kingdom... everything about Him, His people, His purposes, His will.
    2. Seek His righteousness... in how you live, in what you think.
    3. All these things shall be added to you.
      What if I don't seek Him as the ultimate priority of my life? Will my needs go unmet? No. You will be a person with "little faith." May God give us an ever-increasing faith.

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