Monday, April 11, 2016

Seek FIrst

The other Sunday Evening I shared with the church the text of Matthew 6:33. This verse follows Jesus’ address on worry or anxiety in that we would not worry about what we will wear, eat or drink.  And to bookend verse 33, Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself.  And He goes on to say that each day has enough trouble of its own.  In Matthew 6:25-36, Jesus is telling you and me (His disciples) that God knows our exact needs, so instead of worrying about the things we think we need and the things over which we have no control; leave that to God.  Jesus calls for us to put our attention and affection squarely on God and He will take care of the rest.

Jesus knew that if His disciples would focus on “these things” as He called them then in vv32-33 that our attention would be directed and devoted to worry rather than worship, the worship of a God who knows and meets the needs of His children according to His perfect will and His sovereign work.  Paul states it well in his letter to the church at Philippi.

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19 (HCSB)

Now Paul was not combating worry or fear in this statement and he was not saying that all we want will be ours because the Bible says so.  What Paul is saying to this church is that because you have helped me, not for my sake,  but for God’s glory in the form of “a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God…,  Because of that, “my God will supply….”  You see the focus of this church was God, His glory, His kingdom and His righteousness.

Now back to Matthew 6, what Jesus is saying is that God has made a covenant with His children.  So, if we will seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness; God, through a covenantal pact or promise, will provide His children with what they (we) truly need most.  But again, this requires for His children to “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness”.  * As a side note: in an elementary sense, where is the heart of God’s kingdom?  Heaven.  And what is the central point of God’s kingdom?  His throne.  And who is in heaven on this throne? God seated high, holy and righteous.

“We must mind heaven as our end, and holiness as our way. ‘Seek the comforts of the kingdom of grace and glory as your felicity. Aim at the kingdom of heaven; press towards it; give diligence to make it sure; resolve not to take up short of it; seek for this glory, honour, and immortality; prefer heaven and heavenly blessings far before earth and earthly delights.’ We make nothing of our religion, if we do not make heaven of it.”

-Matthew Henry

Not to move the text of Matthew 6:33 too far out if it’s contextual circle, but this verse speaks to a greater subject than worry or food, drink, and clothing.  It speaks of believers having a focus upon and commitment to God and God alone.  So it is in this, that if we will commit ourselves in faithful devotion to God through Christ, we are able to have and are promised God’s peace that gives us the strength to not live by bread alone, but on every world that comes from God-where we find a true word, a faithful word, a hopeful word; a peace that passes all understanding and dresses our spiritual flesh in the imputed righteousness of Christ.

But for you and me to experience this in it’s fullness, we must: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”.

What are the things that are occupying your mind, your time, and your efforts in your day to day life?  Today, I encourage you to begin your day and live your life by putting God first in everything: every thought, every word, every action. 


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