|Rev. Brian Wilkie|
by Rev. Brian Wilkie
Pastor of St. Andrew's United Church,
‘First World Problems’
Matthew 6:25-34 - (NIV)
I think everyone has worries. Each day has troubles of its own. We are told by Jesus not to worry, and yet most people suffer diverse anxieties. If we are Christians, we are learning to cast our cares on God, and trust him to sustain us. Yet what are these things we care about? Are troubled by the things that trouble God? Or are we still troubled by matters that have little to do with his kingdom and his righteousness? Jesus addresses some very basic needs, when he says that we should not worry about food, clothing and shelter. Why then are we so often preoccupied by even lesser things than these?
In my summer reading I’ve had a chance to look at the challenges facing Christians in the developing world, and have noticed a model for life and prayer that could be very instructive for us in the “first world.” So today I hope we can look at what God thinks of our “first world problems.”
Conclusion of Message:
What are "first world problems"?
What are “third world Problems”?
What are “Kingdom Problems”?
God’s heart for third world problems
God’s grace for first world problems
God’s call to Kingdom problems.
God is worthy of our sacrificial service, and he is trustworthy to make us fruitful in his service. He has shown us that He can be trusted with the needs of today ... and He wants to trust us with the needs of His Kingdom. Kingdom problems can be our focus, and our aim, and the hope that we have in God can turn us from trivia to truth.