I was privileged to be able to join with a few friends for prayer on Tuesday night and as we started Charlie shared this verse:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
(Matthew 6:33 ESV)
That’s quite a challenge for the year ahead.
Our primary purpose and task is to seek God, His Kingdom and righteousness. We are not to fix the world or the church or even our own lives. It’s not our job to make everything right or the way we think it should be. We are to seek God – spending time in prayer, worship and study of the Bible, we’re to get to know Him as well as we possibly can whilst still on this earth. We are to seek His Kingdom – to stand for His justice, His morality, His way of living. We are to seek His righteousness – to “work out our salvation with trembling” (Philippians 2:12), to bring Him glory by our sanctification, to look holy as He is holy.
For busy-bodies like me, who like a task and a product for our efforts, this can be incredibly frustrating because these will not always be physically tangible results. For control freaks like me, it’s a daunting prospect because it means relinquishing control of a lot of things. For folks who like to worry and stress like I do, it’s very difficult because we have to make our worries and stresses lesser priorities.
And these things that will be added to us? Everything. Everything we need.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself” (Matt 6:34)
instead, “Seek first the Kingdom”