Whatever will come my way, through fire or pouring rain,
We won’t be shaken. No, we won’t be shaken.
Whatever tomorrow brings, together we’ll rise and sing,
That we won’t be shaken. No, we won’t be shaken.
Guys, we belong to a kingdom that won’t be shaken.
We are citizens of the kingdom of God; nothing can shake our King, and nothing can shake us.
We belong to a kingdom that will not pass away. It can’t be blown up by our enemies. It can’t be defeated by sword or sin. Our kingdom is eternal, built upon the blood of Christ.
So why do we worry about life?
Being a captive to worry when we’re citizens of God’s kingdom is an impossible paradox. We cannot be a slave to worry while serving God.
I’m sure you know the verse about serving two masters: No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24).
Directly after this, Jesus states, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life… (Matt. 6:25).
My pastor always would say, “Whenever you read a ‘Therefore,’ you need to look and see why it’s there for.”
So when I read Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, I went back and reread the verses immediately proceeding this statement.
The verses about having two masters.
And that’s when it hit me:
Worry can become our master.
Its a scary thought, but it’s true.
We can become slaves to worry and fear and doubt. Worry can consume our lives.
Matthew 6:19-21 tells us not to “lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,” but rather to store up “treasures in heaven.” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
And I suppose it’s natural for us to worry about our treasures, be they our families, friends, jobs, grades, or money.
The problem is, our treasures- the things we worry about- can quickly enslave us. They become our master instead of God.
The rest of Matthew 6 explains more about why we don’t need to worry. To sum it up, we don’t need to worry because God is in control.
We just need to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matt. 6:33).
So, let’s worship our King!
When we think about the sacrifice God made for us so we wouldn’t have to worry about our lives, our natural response should be that of worship. After all, He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
God is a consuming fire.
Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:28-29).
Worry can’t consume us if we’re consumed by God. If God is our one and only master, then we are free from the weights of this world. If God is our master, then we are free.
Are we consumed by God?
Or are we consumed by worry?