About a month ago while at work I received a text message from my wife about how God confirmed with her on the calling that he wants us to to answer to. As I read her text I felt unexplainable joy within my spirit and the joy of how we could impact the kingdom of God beyond what we could imagine. BUT before I could I enjoy being on that Holy Ghost Ride I began to worry about how God would provide for this calling to come to past. Then God reminded me of a sermon I preached almost a year ago called Worry Freak.
Matthew 6:25-34 talks about how the reality of ministry began to flood the minds of the disciples and they began to realize how they gave up everything to follow Jesus. So Jesus tells them not to worry about their lives and the things needed in life. He reveals how the Father takes care of the earth and everything in it. But the one thing that stood out to me was that he said “don’t worry.” He didn’t make a suggestion, it was more of a command. When I reread what Jesus said I found why I shouldn’t worry.
The first thing I found about worrying is that it accomplishes nothing. God reminded me that I didn’t have a hand in creating myself. Remember he told Jeremiah that He knew him before the foundations of the world and it was Him who formed him his mother’s womb. Psalms 139:16 says, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.” Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. If God is our creator then should we not put all of our trust in the one who made us?
The second thing I found about worrying is that it keeps my focus off of God. I had allowed the thoughts of worry of the expectations of the calling of what God had for Marsha and I take my focus off of what God was wanting to reveal to me. I remember Pastor B would ask us to check our heat map and I found myself praying more for the things that I was worried about instead of praying for God’s will. I had to be like Christ when he prayed in the garden before his crucifixion when he said, “Not my will, but your will be done.”
The third thing I found about worrying is that I should replace it with worship. Jesus said, ”seek first kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” You may ask “what things?” I would say anything and everything that you may worry about. My approach to worship is different now. I remember I used to come to God with my hands lifted up during worship time at church looking to receive, but now in those moments I lift my hands up giving Him me and that has totally change my level of worship.
The last thing I found about worrying is that the Lost (Unsaved) worry, but the Found (Saved) worship. Jesus says that the world seek after the earthly things because they worry they will never have enough, but the children of God should not worry about earthly things because we worship a God who has, does and always will provide for his children.
I’m not writing this from the standpoint of no longer worrying about things in life. To be honest, I still do from time to time. What keeps me from being bound by worry is the fact that Jesus has given me the blueprint to destroy the yoke of worry. Winston Churchill once said, ”When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
– By Mike Crutchfield