Luke 12:31-32 “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Watch and listen to someone for any length of time, and you might discern their character, their passions, their path, and the direction they are heading.
More importantly, if someone were to watch our lives, would they be able to discern as much?
In business, we can see dedicated, hard-working, and desirous of all the company has to offer.
Parents dedicate themselves to their children, sacrificing to give them what they never had in their childhood.
As a child of God, we are to be about our Father’s business, just as Jesus did when Joseph and Mary left Jesus behind.
Luke 2:49 “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Some seek a kingdom by following someone with the same motivation and vision. Some will work to be king of their own domain, no matter what size that may turn out to be.
Once a person trusts Christ as Savior, our path, purpose, and destination is set. Much is said, taught, and preached about God’s will for our lives. That, too, has been fore-ordained before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 1:4-5“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”
As the purchased possession of God, I must confer with my Owner, my Maker, and my Savior as to work He would have me do. When I set in my heart to do that which pleases my Heavenly Father, then I can receive the peace, love, joy, and happiness I was striving to find on my own.
Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Interestingly enough, we read and understand because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The disciples didn’t have that luxury yet.
Luke 12:41 “Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?”
They perceived that Jesus would come and deliver them from the bondage of the Roman empire, that He would be their conquering King. Jesus was constantly redirecting their thoughts to what His true purpose was for coming.
Jesus spoke in parables to graphically illustrate His point. In this passage, He said of covetousness and used the rich man who had been abundantly blessed. Yet, in setting his heart on the earthly, he missed the heavenly.
Jesus sought to refocus their attention on that which would last forever.
Seeking the kingdom of God will not usher in a utopian life here on earth. It will begin to open our minds to what is truly important, and those things we once sought seem to fade in the distance.
We cannot let the ‘busyness’ of our life cloud the path God has for us.
When we daily set our hearts to seek God first and foremost, we will begin to see more clearly, the path God has set for us to travel.
No two paths are exactly the same. Because of the personal nature of our relationship with God, we can be directed to meet someone at precisely the right time God wanted to deliver truth that may lead to their salvation.
These divine appointments can only happen when we are seeking His kingdom, not our own.
When we wake, are we first grateful for the preservation and protection God provided throughout the night?
As we travel throughout our day, do we frequently check in with the Maker about the direction of our feet, people we meet, and our attitude along the way?
Are we thankful and grateful for all that comes into our life?
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
We are so easily sidetracked by our desire to ask, “What’s in it for me?”
In pleasing our Heavenly Father, we find that all our needs are met, and He will give us the desires of our hearts. Not as you would think, though. If we genuinely seek God’s kingdom, our wants and desires change to please Him, not us.
Do a checkup on your path and direction today.
If you were to arrive at your destination, what would that look like?
Is it God’s will or some version of ours?
Always remember, God allows u-turns!