Consider the Lilies of the Field

Today, we begin the spring quarter by looking at a very general principle found in Matthew 6.28-30. We’ll see God’s desire to make us beautiful. We’ll end the lesson by probing our hearts with a very serious reality: There is nothing we can choose in this world that will ever compare to the way God clothes us.

I. A LOOK AT OUR TEXT:

  1. Matthew 6.28-30. Let’s take a look at the context.
    1. If we place our trust in God, first, He will take care of the rest of life.
  2. 6.26 – He takes care of the birds.
    1. 6.26b – Are you of not more value than they?
    2. 6.27 – Worry doesn’t accomplish anything.
  3. 6.28 – Now, focus on the lilies of the field.
    1. “Consider”: to learn carefully from.
    2. 6.29 – God adorns them with great beauty.
  4. These are things we take for granted.
  5. Psalm 19.1-4 – These things testify to His existence and greatness!

II. GOD WANTS TO ADORN OUR LIVES WITH BEAUTY.

  1. Do you know the history of the word Hebrew?
    1. Akkadian Expression. It was a term largely of contempt, referring to fugitives, outlaws, or refugees.
    2. Egyptians certainly considered themselves superior – Genesis 43.32.
    3. Now read Ezekiel 16.5-7a; 8-13. What did God do with this nation of rejected and contemptible people?
  2. There’s a lesson here. See Colossians 1.21; Titus 1.15b-16.
    1. Remember Matthew 6? How God clothes the smallest things with beauty?
      1. If God can clothe these things, small, insignificant, and short-lived, what can He do with your life?
    2. Colossians 1.22 – God will make you: holy, blameless, and above reproach before Him.
  3. Isaiah 61.3, 6, 10-11 – See the contrasts presented here: (We’re looking for a spiritual application here through Christ)
  4. What’s the result? Psalm 72.18-19.

CONCLUSION:

  1. What could we possibly choose in this world that will ever compare to the way God clothes us?
  2. 1 John 2.15-17. Must fight against the deluding influence of the world.
    1. The whole world is passing away, but God has placed us in a kingdom that abides forever.
  3. With what are you adorning yourself? The Lord’s garments? or the world’s?

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