“But seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be provided for you (Matthew 6:33).”
No working man on his death bed says, “I wish I’d spent more time on the job and less time with my family.” No mother standing over a child’s grave says, “I wish I’d spent less time telling them about Christ and more time buying them technology and brand name clothes. Yet good people find themselves living life in just the opposite way. Often we chase after misplaced priorities and divided loyalties, placing the cares of the world ahead of our relationship with God, bringing ourselves many regrets and much sorrow. How can we do differently keeping God on the throne in our lives and avoiding such regret? Keep your life simple by making three decisions of eternal importance.
Little has changed in nearly 2,000 years since Jesus spoke about seeking first God’s kingdom. People then, just like people now, were worried about food, clothing, and shelter to the point they forgot God. In Matthew 6, Jesus reminds them, and us, that God knows we need these things and will supply them in ways above and beyond how He supplied the birds of the air and the grass of the field. Jesus reminds us that we are more precious to Him than plants and animals. Jesus also challenges us to keep it simple and not to let such earthly cares displace God as our life’s priority. Remember, life is short, but eternity is long.
In Matthew 6:33, we find a call to make three decisions of eternal consequence.
Decision 1: Act. Act by seeking God’s priorities (seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness). We are saved to serve God. We are designed for a relationship with Him. When we are faithful, we sense His pleasure and avoid regret. “Seek” is a call to action. Deciding to concentrate on (to seek) God and His will is our first and primary decision of eternal consequence. How do we do this?
Decision 2: Prioritize (or reprioritize). Seek FIRST God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness. “Seek first” speaks to priority. Take an inventory of your life’s activities. Are there things that cause you to put God on the back burner in the life of you and your family? Put those distractions things on the back burner, or get rid of them altogether. Reprioritize: put God first! Maybe it’s time to reset your priorities the way you reset your computer. Prioritize, or reprioritize, your life putting God back on the throne and in control. Your life will not be the same. Then what?
Decision 3: Trust! Trust God who knows your real needs as opposed to your imagined needs or felt needs. An alcoholic feels like he needs a drink but your Heavenly Father knows better. Trust God who knows what you need and knows the road ahead and promises to provide for you. Your circumstances may not change but your thinking and responses to life’s trials will.
Want to live a life for the glory of God, for the good of others, and for your own growth? Want to avoid a regret-filled life? Keep it simple! It’s never too late. Act now. Reprioritize your life. Trust God for the little stuff and the big things. Trust Him for salvation. Trust that He will care for you as only He can. Keep it simple by making these three decisions of eternal consequence, and you will have no regrets.
Posted on Thu, November 14, 2013
by Sam Petitfils