The Priority of Life
"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well." (Matthew 6:33)
We all give priority to what is important to us in life. In fact, it is amazing what even the busiest of us can squeeze in if we really want to! For all of us, the issue is not one of "time," but "will;" not what we can do, but what we choose to do.
For us as Christians, we have a new, and very simple, priority however. Jesus said that it was to seek first God’s kingdom. He said this in the context of telling his disciples not to worry about such basic things in life as food and clothing – the very things that are our priorities so often, especially in our modern, pressurized society. But if we get this new priority in place, Jesus said, then all these other things will fall into place as well. Of course, this doesn’t come naturally to us, for we have all been taught that if we don’t provide for ourselves, then nobody else will, and that to "look after number one" is eminently sensible.
How Jesus’ simple command cuts across this! Don’t seek what you want first; seek what God wants first, he says. It sounds tremendously challenging, doesn’t it? – if not downright scary! But the challenge has a promise attached to it: a promise that if we do seek first God’s kingdom, then all the practical necessities of life will fall into place. We might not have everything we want; but we will certainly have everything we need.
So, what should our new priorities be? Jesus said things like: seeking to become more like Him, letting him be Lord in all we say and do, keeping His commandments, loving one another, being a faithful witness, being fruitful for Him, not looking back to our old life, giving up our own ways. The key is deciding where our treasure is; because wherever our treasure is, Jesus said, our heart will follow after it.
So, a challenging command, but an exciting promise! And the only way to see if it works is to try it!
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:34)
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