We are fast approaching the end to another year. Time truly does continue to march on, and the older I get the faster it seems to march by. That is why we are often reminded in scripture to “redeem the time”. We are also reminded by James in chapter 4:14 “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away”. As we come to the end of the year, we want to look into our theme of Matthew 6:33; “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”.
Jesus was addressing the problem of excessive worry or anxiety. At the heart of his message was the primary importance of recognizing that God is the giver of our very lives. In the beginning of this text Jesus asks the question, “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (6:25). Then he closes with “For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (6:32).
In between these two statements are the observations that are intended to appeal to our ability to reason. “Look at the birds of the air” and “Consider the lilies of the field.” God takes care of these lowly beings. How much more will he care for us, who are of far more value because we were made in his image. The reality is that worry adds nothing productive to our lives.
Faith in God is that which leads us to seek his kingdom and his righteousness as our first priority. It is what Jesus taught his followers to pray: “Your kingdom come; your will be done” (Matthew 6:10). Seeking and praying for the kingdom of God means to seek his will in our lives. What we must seek first is the submission of our will to his. Seeking his righteousness means seeking to live by his standard of what is right in life. The result is that we will be filled. Life will be transformed for the better for us.
Jesus gives the promise that “all these things will be added to you.” The point is not to dismiss the concern for the basic necessities of life. It is, rather, that the way to be assured of these things is to stop seeking after them and seek God. Seek heaven, and earth will be thrown in. Faith in God’s care for us will enable us to live for today. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” (Isa. 55:6).
God Bless -ToddDownload PDF