The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 2:1-3 and Matthew 6:25-34.
The title of this sermon is Rest in Jesus.
Have you ever noticed that a child is not worried at all what curve ball life may throw at him? They trust that Mommy or Daddy will love them, play with them, feed them, read to them, hug them, pray with them and tuck them into bed at night. They are not worried about what the next day may or may not bring. If they don’t have chicken nuggets, they will eat peanut butter and jelly. If they do not get to play outside, they will play inside, if they do not have any clean pajamas, they will sleep in shorts and a t-shirt. These things do not concern them. They do not stress about tomorrow. They are not worried that may not have any juice. They are not worried that they might fall down the stairs or face plant into the coffee table. The thought never crosses their mind.
Fact is: A child is not worried about tomorrow. He is excited about tomorrow. Why? Tomorrow is a new day. It is a new adventure. He anticipates new things for tomorrow. He might get to watch a new movie tomorrow. He might get to go to the park tomorrow. He might be going to McDonald’s for chicken and fries with Daddy. He might go to Nana’s house. He is not worried at all that tomorrow will not go as planned because he knows that he is not in control. He goes to sleep every night and just expects that Mommy and Daddy will take care of him.
You might be thinking that is only true for a little child.
Well, if you are a Christian, then you too are a child. You are a child of God and you have the ability to go to God as a child goes to his daddy.
God rested. Why is this important? Why did God need to rest?
God does not sleep. God does not get tired. There is no need for God to ever rest or “recharge his batteries.” God sustains Himself.
So what is going on here?
Back in Genesis 1, we saw that God had set in motion a 24 hour day. God also created man and gave man a job. God created the day in six days and on the seventh day He rested.
God is illustrating for us how He designed the work week to go. You work six days and rest on the seventh. You take a day off. You walk away.
Here is a problem.
When I said that, some of you cringed inside. Some of you are held captive by the thoughts in your own mind. You are a prisoner to the way that you think. Why? Because you are telling yourself that if you stop, if you breathe, if you walk away, it all comes crashing down.
Where in the Bible does it say that you hold all things together?
Look at Matthew 6:25-34.
Bryson will come to me with “an issue.” He took apart his train tracks, the trailer came off one of his trucks, or one of the legs came off of Diego’s tree house. He brings me his issue and says, “Dada fix.” I say OK and agree to fix it. Then he goes away to play with something else. He does not go back and try to fix it himself. He tells me what is messed up and just expects that I will fix it. He does not go back in his room and stress over his train tracks. He is not worried that the trailer will not reattach to the truck. What he does is throw the ball into my court. The responsibility now falls on me because I said I would fix it. It does not matter if it takes three minutes or three days, Bryson just expects that it will be fixed because he told me it needed fixing.
When he goes to bed, he is not concerned about the train tracks, the truck or the tree house. He goes to sleep. He rests.
When Jesus tells us something, it is a good idea to both listen and do what He says.
Jesus says, “Do not be anxious about your life.” Don’t worry about anything.
Jesus leads us to look at birds and flowers. Why? Those things were spoken into existence not hand formed by Jesus, and He still takes care of them. Birds are not worried about where their next meal is coming from. God provides worms and other small animals for them to eat. He provides material for them to build nests no matter where they are at. Flowers have all they need. Sun, rain, nutrients. Flowers are in need of nothing. God provides.
Jesus wants us to get this. If He can take care of things that He spoke into existence, how much more will He take care of you?
Being anxious, stressed or worried is evidence that we do not have enough faith to trust in God.
We know the truth but do not actively pursue, apply, walk out the truth in our lives. Why? We have worried and stressed so much that we have become tired. You can get burned out trying to do everything yourself. When you are tired you make bad decisions.
How do I know this?
Every morning, Kristi and I get up a little after 6:00 am. While she is getting ready for work, I am making her lunch and breakfast. Bryson usually gets up while I am in the kitchen and will hand me his cup and ask for cereal and milk. One particular morning as I am trying to fix Kristi breakfast and lunch so she can leave on time, Bryson comes into the kitchen as usual. Here is the problem. On this morning, I was tired, more groggy than usual. I felt like I woke up on the wrong side of a train accident. Bryson comes into the kitchen and asks for cereal and milk. So, I fix his cereal and milk and then go back to what I need to do for Kristi. It was not until after Kristi left for work and I was making my cup of coffee that I realized something. I left the milk on the counter and put the peanut butter in the fridge.
When you are tired, you are less likely to pursue the things of Christ. When you are tired, you are less likely to pray, read your Bible or spend time with God at all. When you are tired, you are more likely to give into temptation because giving in is easier than fighting or running. You are less likely to die to yourself or kill sin when you are tired.
The Bible says that God’s mercies are made new every morning. Why would you not want to rest in that. God gives us joy, peace and a sound mind. God does not give you a spirit of fear, worry, and turmoil.
Where we go wrong is when we go to God and we give him our toy to be fixed, we get upset if it is not fixed in our time frame. We are not satisfied that God will fix it when God wants to fix it. We want God to fix it yesterday and we want God to fix it the way we think He should fix it. It does not work that way.
God does not operate on your schedule.
When you give your issue to God, the ball is in His court. It is now His responsibility.
What do you do? Go do something else. God’s got this.
You need to chillax. You need to relax so you can rest. You also need to chill out! In other words, Stop It!
Stop being anxious. Stop worrying. Stop being consumed by thoughts that stress you out. Those thoughts are not from God.
When something happens, go to God. Do not interfere. Don’t try to take it into your own hands. Just know that your problem is now God’s responsibility.
When the devil tries to throw those thoughts at you, tell Him who your Daddy is.
The devil pressures you to worry and become severely anxious. You tell him my Daddy did not give us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control!
Have faith and trust in God. If you do not believe that you have enough faith, ask God to give you more.
Rest. Rest in Jesus. Rest.
Spend time with Him.
Talk to Him.
Give Him your problems and then….
Trust Jesus with your job.
Trust Jesus with your marriage.
Trust Jesus with your bank account.
Trust Jesus with your children.
Now go rest.