Day 240: August 28, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 6:25-34
25 This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Eric Warren, Member of Brentwood Baptist, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. In terms of the Creation story, what differentiates us from the rest of God’s creation?
  2. “Birds in their wild state provide a good example because they are tirelessly industrious.”[1] How do we as people compare to this illustration in this day and age?
  3. We generally associate our hard work in this culture with our prosperity and security. The previous passage (Mt 6:19-24) speaks against putting your trust in earthly riches. What is our inherent thought about putting less stock in our money and riches?
  4. Read Genesis 1:24-26. Man was God’s most wonderful, most prized creation. He gave dominion over every living thing to man. If God gives provision for His lesser creations, such as a bird or a flower, how might we expect Him to provide for us?
  5. If God has given provision for birds of the earth and vegetation as long as He has, why do we still fight to trust that God will provide for His greatest creation? What does that say about how we believe God perceives us versus how He really perceives us?
  6. Worry was ever-present in many pagan religions of the day due to a constant sense of needing to appease one’s god. How is our Christian belief different from this mentality?
  7. What does it look like today to seek FIRST God’s kingdom and His righteousness?

[1] Blomberg, C. (1992). Matthew (Vol. 22, p. 125). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.


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For seven weeks, we'll take a break from our written devotionals and read through the Sermon on the Mount in short passages, allowing us to meditate on these truths for spiritual formation. We'll return to our regular written devotionals on September 8, 2014.