Enjoy the Ride
Sermon Summary
This message looks at the portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount which deals with worry and the refusal to trust God with our basic needs. It encourages people to enjoy the ride of life each and every day, as opposed to fretting about the past or worrying about tomorrow. This message leads its hearers to live each and every day with a deep and abiding trust that God will indeed keep His promises to take care of them and help them accomplish His divine will each day! The intro to the sermon is a rather lengthy look at examples of worry and several of the negative consequences of worry. The remainder of the message examines the need for followers of Christ to not only love God and have faith in what He can do, but to also trust Him to actually deliver on His promises. The final two points show how worry can be defeated.

Community Group Discussion Guide

1. Pastor Larry began his message with a series of ice-breaker questions. Have a few folks pic one from the list and elaborate.
Do you love life?
Do you love your life?
Are enjoying your life?
Are you stressing about your life?
Do you have a list of things or circumstances you feel would help you enjoy life?
Do you sometimes feel life is a chore you wish you didn't have to do?

2. There is a difference between loving God, having faith He can do anything, and actually trusting Him to work in your personal life. Explain.
3You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
4Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:4 (NIV)

3. What are some things that have happened in your life which have helped you to actually trust God not only with your soul, but also with the details of your life?
Prov 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Prov 3:6  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

4. Two worry busters were given at the end of the sermon which could help someone begin to enjoy the ride of life. Read the following two verses and see if you can remember the two “worry busters!” Discuss how these two things might help relieve some of the stress and pressure in your life.
Matthew 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV)

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)




Enjoy the Ride!!

Matthew 6:25-34

Let me just give you a heads up today. Our Scripture is intentionally placed later in our message. The introduction is long, because I want you to understand why it is so important to hear what Jesus had to say about our topic today! So don't loose me here.
A guy told me the other day about a cab driver and a preacher who died and went to heaven at the same time.  

When they received their rewards, the cab driver got the biggest reward. When the preacher questioned this, St. Peter told the preacher…
"When the cab driver drove people prayed, when you preached people slept!"

Yikes! No sleeping please!!

 You can go ahead and get your Bibles ready. Matthew 6:25-34.
You'll need them later.

Let's pray!!

 Ok, don't raise your hands as I ask the following questions. Just answer the questions in your minds.


  Do you love life?
Do you love your life?
Are enjoying your life?
Are you stressing about your life?
Do you have a list of things or circumstances you feel would help you enjoy life?
Do you sometimes feel life is a chore you wish you didn't have to do?

 There seems to be a consensus amongst many doctors, counselors, and pastors, that public enemy number 1 maybe something called worry!

Do you worry about things?

What do you worry about?

Relationships?
Job security?
Finances?
Popularity?
Health?
Success?
The Future?
Purpose?
Eternity?
Unfinished homework?

What are the consequences of worry?
There are many and they vary in severity.

Worry may simply cause you to not enjoy the ride!

I was riding a scary ride at a state fair years ago. I was riding with a big, tough, football player. The ride was intense and threw you in every direction. It was so bad you were actually strapped in and then they closed a cage door around you just in case. I decided to have a little fun with my friend as we started the ride. I told him one of the safety, cotter pins, was missing where our ride was attached.  

He squealed like a baby! I almost died from laughter. Needless to say, he didn't enjoy the ride! Years later I was paid back. My family got on a ride at a county fair and just for fun, I looked over at the ride connections. The safety pin was really missing!!! As they were loading other people, before the ride started, I flagged the operator. I pointed out the missing safety pin.  

He said, "It sure is missing, hey Jim, hand me that box of cotter pins!"

Wow! I did not enjoy that ride. I wondered where those other cotter pins were supposed to be!!

In that circumstance I had a reason to be worried, however, some folks go through life looking for the missing safety pins and they never enjoy one moment of life. They are always worried about the bad that could happen.  

Truth is, most of what we worry about never happens, but, as William Barclay put it...

 "The worry which wears out the mind wears out the body along with it."

 According to Web MD...

 Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. The hormones also cause physical reactions such as:

    •    Fast heartbeat
    •    Fatigue
    •    Headaches
    •    Inability to concentrate
    •    Irritability
    •    Muscle aches
    •    Muscle tension
    •    Nausea
    •    Dry mouth
        Difficulty swallowing
    •    Dizziness
     •     Nervous energy
    •    Rapid breathing
    •    Shortness of breath
    •    Sweating
    •    Trembling and twitching


That ought to be enough in and of itself to make you stop worrying!!

 But here's one of the worst consequence of worrying and not enjoying the ride of life...

 Giving up on life!

 "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the findings in the April 26th issue of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides." New York Times May 2nd, 2013

With all the modern conveniences, comforts and endless forms of entertainment, we just aren't having a good time. Even to the point of getting off the ride of life before it's supposed to end!

We're going to talk about how to fix this in just a minute, but first, one last consequence I want to tell you about. When you spend your time worrying about everything and fretting about the past or worrying about the future…

You simply miss life!

 There's a lot of people today missing life!
They can't seem to let go of the past, whether it's something they did, or something that was done to them. They let their past define them.


Others are so busy going places they don't take the time to live where we are. Let me put it this way:
If you're always worried about getting to the next station in life, you'll eventually get to the last station in this life and realize you missed life. The joy was in the journey God had you on.

There's a song and a video by Trace Adkins that truly portrays what I'm talking about.
Watch and Listen...



 Now I've quoted medical experts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a country music star.
Now we're going to look at what Jesus Himself had to say about enjoying the ride of life...

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Matthew 6:28 (NIV)

29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Matthew 6:29 (NIV)

30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:30 (NIV)

31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Matthew 6:31 (NIV)

32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Matthew 6:32 (NIV)

33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

So how do we defeat worry?
How do we overcome the temptation to worry?
How can we not worry when circumstances are so perilous?
What's our problem?

Jesus told us in verse 30...

30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:30 (NIV)

It's all about having faith in a God who loves and cares for His creation!
You might say, "But I have such little faith!"
How much does it take?

5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
Luke 17:5 (NIV)

6He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Luke 17:6 (NIV)

It's not how much faith you have, but who your faith is in that matters!!

Here's the problem...
We love God and we have faith that God can do anything. We know He can even move mountains!

But we don't trust Him!

 I know I just woke some of you up!!

Did you say I don't trust Him?

When we worry about the things in this life it's because we're afraid He won't keep His promise to supply our needs.
And He did promise to supply our needs...

8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

9As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
2 Corinthians 9:9 (NIV)

10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:10 (NIV)

We've got to learn to trust God as much as we love God! If you want to build your faith, then you must learn to trust. Trust is the most important building block when it comes to faith. Without trust, your faith will never grow.

Trust reminds us that it is more important who our faith is in, than the size of our faith. It only takes a mustard seed to move a mulberry tree or a mountain. It's the trust you have in an Almighty God that gives power to the mustard seed of faith!

Part of trusting God is trusting His leadership when it comes to decision making. You've got to let Him help you make better decisions. If you keep doing the same things that get you into trouble and keep having to ask God to get you out of trouble, He may in fact want you to let Him help you avoid the problems rather than just getting you out of the problems. An important point often overlooked.

William Barclay put it this way...

"It is not ordinary, prudent foresight, such as becomes a man, that Jesus forbids; it is worry. Jesus is not advocating a shiftless, thriftless, reckless, thoughtless, improvident attitude to life; He is forbidding a care-worn, worried fear, which takes all the joy out of life."

 "Worry affects a man's judgement, lessens his powers of decision, and renders him progressively incapable of dealing with life. Let a man give his best to every situation--he cannot give more--and let him leave the rest to God!"

The late Keith Green famously put it this way in one of his songs,

"Just keep doing your best and pray that it's blest and He'll take care of the rest!"

Look at verse 25...

 Learning to Trust

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

 Life is more important than food. Sure we've got to eat, but we don't live to eat, we eat to live and God knows we've got to have food. Even in a place like Haiti, where poverty abounds, you can see how God provides for those who trust Him. Oh they don't have what we have, but they have a faith in God that is based on trust and God provides life for them.

 People who chase after wealth because they think that's were life is are so misguided and will miss out on real life.
Look at the verses just before our text for today. Matthew 6:19-21

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Matthew 6:19 (NIV)

20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 6:20 (NIV)

21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

 In other words, if you spend the majority of your life chasing after things, you may never find the time to enjoy anything, because you'll always want the newest and the greatest and the week after you get the newest and the greatest, it will be replaced with something totally better!

 And we must never forget the most important things in life are not things at all, they are the relationships we have with one another and most importantly with God!

 Here's a sad statistic…


The average husband in America interacts with his wife 11 & 1/2 minutes a day.

 The typical American father talks with his children 4 & 1/2 minutes a day!

 Just remember, it's not wrong to own things, but if you let things own you, you will not enjoy the ride!



Jesus then gives an example of worry free life….

 Learning to Trust!

26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

 I don't know how many bird watchers we have in the house, but my wife and I love to watch the birds. They are so carefree and seem to sing all day long. And out where we live they start singing really early!!
But one thing they are not is lazy!
They are busy little things. They rarely stop.

 We can be busy, and work, and plan, and organize, and set goals, and dream, and build, and so forth and so on, but we need not worry. Do your best, pray that it's blessed and He'll take care of the rest!!

 Learning to Trust!

27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

 Great question!!
We gain nothing by worry! It won't add one minute to your life, but it just might shorten your life!
If we're going to enjoy the ride of life, we must stop worrying and start trusting!


7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you!! If you don't believe He cares for you, or that you're no good, or you've gone to far and messed up to bad, then you've just put limits on a God who knows no limits. Don't do that!!!! Don't just believe in God! Trust Him!
Don't just love God! Trust Him!
Don't just have faith in what God can do! Trust Him to work in your life!

 When you realize how much God loves you, trust will naturally follow! Then you will be able to go to God and trust Him to do what is best for you in your life!

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

 Learning to Trust!

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Matthew 6:28 (NIV)

29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Matthew 6:29 (NIV)

30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:30 (NIV)

Here's the deal…
If God spends time clothing the fields with beautiful flowers, which will only last for a short season, will He not make sure His very own children will have clothing?
If He created our lives in the first place will He not also provide what it takes to sustain our lives until our purpose in this life is accomplished?

If the One who cared so much for us that He would take on flesh and die a horrible death in order that we might be saved, will He not also provide the basic necessities of life?

Of course He will!!
Question is, will you trust Him to do that or will you live your life in anxiety, fear, stress, and worry?

Jesus then repeats Himself to drive home His point...

Learning to Trust!

31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Matthew 6:31 (NIV)

32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Matthew 6:32 (NIV)

Once again William Barclay has a powerful word about what Jesus was saying...

"Worry, Jesus, says, is characteristic of a heathen, and not of one who knows what God is like. Worry is essentially distrust of God. Such a distrust may be understandable in a heathen who believes in a jealous, capricious, unpredictable god; but it is beyond comprehension in one who has learned to call God by the name of Father."

 Jesus had put it this way just a few verses earlier…

7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
Matthew 6:7 (NIV)

8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 6:8 (NIV)

 I'll end with two ways Jesus gave us to defeat worry!

 Two ways to defeat Worry!

1. Seek God and His Ways First!

33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

 Remember, the Kingdom of God is where God rules. If God rules in your heart and you seek to live in His righteousness, He promises to meet all your needs!


 "God's glory is the earth creature made fully and eternally alive with the life of the Spirit."   Saint Irenaeus second century bishop

God never said life would be pain free or trouble free, but you must remember, pain is a sign that you are alive. Let God take even your pain and use it to make you all He created you to be!

Trust Him in the good times and the bad times, by seeking Him and His ways first and foremost!  

3You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

4Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:4 (NIV)

Guaranteed to defeat worry!

2. Enjoy today's ride!

34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

 The Psalmist put it this way back in the Old Testament...

24This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

Our past is covered by the Blood of Jesus, and our future is in His hands, so we can live today to the absolute fullest.

This is the day The Lord has made, enjoy the ride!

Let's pray!!

 ETS: Do not worry about your life!
ESS: Learning to enjoy the ride!
OSS: I want my hearers to learn to enjoy life by trusting in God!
Probing Question: How can I learn to trust God so I can enjoy the ride?
Unifying Word: Ways
Transitional Sentence: Let's look at the ways we can learn to trust God so we can enjoy the ride of life!