In Glory, We Will Fulfill the Command

“The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him—for we can prevent Him, if we choose—He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.” -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Table of Contents for Ed Welch, Running Scared

Part One: Initial Observations
Chapter 1. A World of Fear
Chapter 2. Your Fear
Chapter 3. Fear Speaks
Chapter 4. Anxiety and Worry Chime
In Part Two: God Speaks
Chapter 5. Do Not Be Afraid
Chapter 6. The Manna Principle
Chapter 7. The God of Suspense
Chapter 8. Worry about Worry
God Speaks on Money and Possessions
Chapter 9. Do Not Worry
Chapter 10. The Message of the Kingdom
Chapter 11. When the Kingdom Isn’t Enough
Chapter 12. Grace for Tomorrow
Chapter 13. “Seek My Face”
Chapter 14. Where Is My Treasure? Whose Kingdom?
God Speaks On People and Their Judgments
Chapter 15. Do Not Trust in Man
Chapter 16. Love More Than Need
Chapter 17. Fight Fear with Fear
God Speaks on death, pain, and punishment
Chapter 18. Fear of Death
Chapter 19. Fear of Judgment
Chapter 20. A Glimpse of Heaven
Chapter 21. Already Dead
God Speaks: Peace Be with You
Chapter 22. “I Will Be with You”
Chapter 23. “I Promise”
Chapter 24. “Pray”
Chapter 25. Bring on the Worst

Worry-Free Citizens of a New Creation

“Can we add a single hour to our span of life by worrying? Clearly not. The temptation, however, is to assume that Jesus’ admonition not to worry is some general truth that is true whether Jesus says it or not. But as we have seen, the content of the sermon [on the mount] cannot be abstracted from the one who delivers the sermon. That we are now able to live freed of possession is because the one has come who alone has the power to dispossess us. Jesus’s recommendation, that we not worry about tomorrow because the trouble of today is enough, is not just good advice, but rather wisdom that reflects the character of God’s new creation manifest in Christ’s life and ministry.” -Stanley Hauerwas, Matthew (Brazos commentary)

Worry, Priorities, and Jesus

“Jesus [in Matthew 6:33] is bringing us back to the right priorities. What are you living for? he asks. He is calling us to re-orient our lives around the living God and his priorities. He knows that, as long as we live for secondary things and not for him, we will be fraught with over-concerns. Anxiety will be our normal existence, because anything that is not connected to the kingdom of God and his righteousness is fleeting. The apostle Peter, quoting Isaiah 40 v 6-8, says this about this present age: All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever. (1 Peter 1 v 24-25)” Tim Lane, Living without Worry: How to replace anxiety with peace

Worry: A Battle of Kingdoms

The context of Jesus’ teaching on worry in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 6.
“Each of the sections that come before the one we’re looking at in this chapter emphasize the priority of a kingdom orientation over an “earthly” one; each compares living life for the here and now with living for something much bigger— something eternal. The challenge Jesus is repeatedly posing is: Are you living as if this life is all there is, or are you living your life for the kingdom of God?…. In each of these examples, the distinction is between living for something in creation (the praise and recognition of other humans) or living for the Creator (his recognition and praise). And so it’s natural that Jesus turns next to his command not to worry. Worry begins when a person is trying to love equally both the Creator and something in creation (or when they are not trying to love the Creator at all, having replaced him with something in his creation).”
Tim Lane, Living without Worry: How to replace anxiety with peace.