SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 6
Be careful to not do acts of righteousness before men; if you do, you won’t have any rewards from your Father in heaven. Instead, all you will have is man’s applause and recognition, when you really want/need God’s. Do not give to the needy for yourself and for recognition (let your left hand know what your right hand is doing). Instead, give in secret. The Father will know and will reward you.
Pray to God unseen so you are not trying to impress men in order to give the impression you are righteous. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray the Lord’s prayer. Forgive those who sin against you, and God will forgive you for your sins.
Do not fast in order to appear pious for men. Instead, don’t let others know you are fasting and look good while fasting. Your Father will see you and reward you.
Don’t store up treasures on earth that will eventually disappear. Instead, store up treasures in heaven where nothing can destroy or steal them. Your heart is where your treasure is.
Your eyes are the light of your body. If you have good eyes, you’ll be full of light. If your eyes are bad, you’ll be full of darkness.
You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve both God and money.
Do not worry about life, food, your body, and clothes. God takes care of the birds, and you are more valuable to God than them. Will worrying add an hour to your life? (In fact, all it does is take away an hour or more from your life).
Don’t worry about your clothes. The lilies of the field are more splendid than Solomon’s clothes ever were. If God clothes the lilies as such, won’t he clothe you, too?
Do not worry about your basic needs; God knows you need them. If you seek God’s kingdom and righteousness, all things will be given to you. Thus, don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Focus on the day at hand.
Questions for Matthew 6
1) We naturally worry because we don’t have 100% faith and we can’t see the future, such as knowing where our next meal will come from. God is all-knowing and all-powerful. He is in control; we are not. That is why we worry.
2) God provides everything. He works for our good. He thinks of me. I would live by God’s voice!
Conclusions to Sermon on the Mount Matthew 6
Good lesson on how we should now worry, but it’s in our nature to do so since we are not in control like God is.
We are to depend on God for everything.
God cares about who we trust with our lives, what we love the most, and us.