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Seek First The Kingdom of God
7/5/2017

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matt. 6:26-30 (NKJV)

Looking out at the instability of our world and all the crazy things transpiring could cause even the most faithful to doubt every now and then.  But as Christians, it is important for us to focus on the things that we know to be true, and that is God’s Word, and His promises.  We don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow, but we know that God has a plan for us and it is perfect (cf. Jer. 29:11).

One of God’s promises to His children if for their needs to be met — our job is to keep our mind fixed upon Him, and His kingdom, and to trust Him (Matt. 6:25-34; Isa. 26:3).  

Q: Does this mean we don’t have to go out and work to provide for our needs?

Absolutely not!  It means when we have Christ as our Lord; when we are a believer, we don’t have to worry about these provisions, for He will provide them for us.  He will provide us work, He will provide the clothes, food, and provision we need. We’re not to feel anxious about these needs.  We’re to trust God and lean upon Him to guide us, and he will take care of these things. 

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

Jesus is telling us we should be occupied first and foremost with seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness.  This doesn’t simply mean we avoid pursuing the temporary things of this world as our primary goal — it means we are to desire above all to participate in spreading the good news of the saving grace of God. To seek God’s “Righteousness” means to pursue life’s righteousness in full submission to the will of God.

So if we simply focus on spreading the Gospel message, and living our life trusting God and His word, we will have a peace in our hearts and in our minds, and our faith will be properly placed upon Him and our provisions will be met.

Maybe you’re reading this and can reflect on a time where you once had plenty but still were not really content.  It could be you were filled with anxiety and became overwhelmed as you attempted to maintain what you thought you needed to be happy.  I have learned the enemy will do everything possible to crowd out our most-prized possession of time.  He will do this so we don’t have enough time to spend with Jesus in prayer, in the reading of His word, in worshiping on Sunday’s, or in just getting to know the Lord. 

I have seen people go through rough times where they have seemingly been stripped of their worldly possessions, including their home or their job.   I have also witnessed the fruit of these times as they properly focused on the things truly important.  I have seen these very lives rebuilt by God — their faith strengthened, and their possessions restored.

When we go through trials we must realize we are going to be drawn to those things we find very valuable to us.  When we focus on the Lord we will begin to see all of the blessings God has bestowed upon us.  The result will be genuine appreciation and humbleness reflected in our attitude

Don’t worry about tomorrow!  Don’t wait until tomorrow!  Talk to God, and place your trust in Him. 

STUDY QUESTION:  What does Jesus tell us to do with our lives in Matthew 6:33?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Can you see times in your life where you have worried about what tomorrow might bring?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Properly place your faith and trust into the Creator of the universe. He’s got the power.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for all of Your provisions within my life.  Thank You for my Salvation and my relationship with You. Thank You for allowing me to be a small part of Your ministry, and Thank You for all of Your provision in every aspect of my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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