This is my sermon for this coming Sunday. Tell me what you think!
Date preached: 5/25/08, Sebewaing
RCL After Epiphany 8A
Text: Matthew 6:24-34
Subject: Why is God telling us not worry?
Complement: Because we have Him to trust in the lean times.
Exegetical Idea: If they serve God, He will provide for the Israelites – They need not worry.
Homiletic Idea: If we serve God, He will provide for us so we needn’t worry either.
Purpose: Hearers will ask God to be their Lord and provide their needs.
Type: Deductive, Expository
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
That poem, by Robert Frost, has always been a favorite of mine. The yellow wood reminds me of northern Michigan where I lived when I was young. And the constant decision of which way to go both on a walk and in my life has been beautifully detailed in this poem by Robert Frost. I always imagine myself gazing at the two roads deciding if I will take the less traveled, maybe even more difficult way or the easier way that most take. I have always likened them to the narrow and wide paths that we choose between in our life. I have chosen the narrow path to God rather than the wide path to wealth, power and destruction.
That is what our passage of scripture speaks of this week, too.
“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God AND wealth.” Matthew 6:24 NIV
Here, Jesus breaks down our choices into two paths. There is the path serving God and the path serving wealth. (more…)