Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
We all have a filter that we use to decide what we will or won’t do. That filter makes up of the “need to’s,” and the “want to’s.”
We need food, shelter, and a purpose.
We want love, security, and acceptance.
We need others to live.
We want others’ praise, love, and acceptance.
We all want to know that we matter.
We want to feel some sense of worth.
We want to be loved, appreciated, and we want to matter to someone.
Some will take the things they desire by force with no regard for who they hurt. Others selfishly hoard things for themselves, neglecting those around them who are more in need.
I must have read these verses hundreds of times. I have heard many sermons and teaching on the truths found therein. But a thought struck me.
By faith, we are asked to put what God wants before anything I may desire. In so doing, He, in turn, meets all the needs we may have. Because we have been hurt, tricked, or abused by others, we become skeptical of those who would give us something in such a manner.
Not one of us is so generous or selfless to not think about what’s in it for us. To do something with no expectation of return seems like a waste. Yet, we are to do without thought of what we may receive.
The thought is this. As I have grown, it is easy to give up the things that are of lesser value to me. But those things I have grown to love and hold dear are harder to let go and give to God.
I am finding that we will either learn that selfless living God’s way and make our own, or we will grow distant and be satisfied with keeping our distance from a God who desires to draw us closer. Our ability to continually cast off or push aside those things which keep us from drawing closer reveals the direction we are headed.
If I am in constant pursuit of not only staying close to God but, seeking ways to draw closer, my direction is what I know will please Him. The life of faith is just that; living by the faith, I say I have. I am doing that which I know I am commanded.
If we make decisions without consulting God, we run the risk of ‘self’ creeping in and taking what may very well be something God wants us to place on the altar of sacrifice.
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
We eat, sleep, and go about our daily lives without thought or care for what God may want for that moment, or that person we just passed on the street.
What if God were to wake us up in the middle of the night to pray for someone in need?
Would we even be spiritually aware of what was happening?
Our Heavenly Father is looking for His children who are available to Him to be used for His glory. I had to think, “Am I more useful to Him today, than when I was first saved?”
In light of our text, “Am I seeking HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness more than my own?”
“Do I worry more about finances, career, and acceptance, than pleasing my God with the way I’ve lived?”
We’ve all had to have a time of introspection to recalibrate our focus and perspective. Often, we don’t ask ourselves the hard questions that will help us the most.
“Am I willing to trade my screen time for prayer?”
“Can I change my way of living to give more to missions?”
“Am I utilizing the gifts and talents I’ve been given for His glory and the advancement of His kingdom here on this earth?”
“Are there relationships that need to be bathed in forgiveness and love to be restored?”
“Am I as close to God as I can be?” If not, am I willing to put forth the effort to do so?
These questions and so many more can get us back on the path to a closer, more personal, more intimate walk with God.
Seeking Him first will allow us to experience His provision. He promised us as much.
Today, let’s not let it be just another biblical fact we tuck away for us to say, “I know that.”Let us find out just how God would desire us to employ these truths and put them into practice today.