When I preach, my messages are often born out of my personal struggles. This week, it was worry. Jesus addresses the subject in Matthew 6.
As I preached, God gave me an unprepared word. This is convicting, and most of us won’t like it. Here it is: Worry is misplaced worship. I can hear you now. Think about it! Christ is not the center of your thoughts when you worry. I am not glorifying God and giving Him His rightful place when I worry about something that I cannot control. So my circumstances become the exalted thing in my life. I don’t get goosebumps and feel good when I “worship” the object of my worry, but I have allowed it to take the place where Jesus belongs.
I think that is why Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 toward the end of this passage: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” My paraphrase: “Focus on God, and He will take care of everything else.”
The next time you are tempted to worry, I encourage you to redirect your thoughts and trust the God who takes care of the birds, flowers, and everything else. He values you more and will provide your every need.