The last few days I’ve been concerned about an upcoming heart catherization my husband is having later this week, and feeling grateful that the Lord provided all that’s necessary to put this in play. Thank the Lord for the doctor’s appointments needed!
It would be awesome if I only stayed in the joy of gratitude, but alas I’m human and I miss the mark daily. But thankfully, I reread a devotional from Oswald Chambers this morning that I want to share with anyone else who also may forget to keep our eyes on Jesus. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt 6:33)
When we look at these words of Jesus, we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have ever heard: “seek first the kingdom of God”. Even the most spiritually-minded of us argue the exact opposite, saying, “But I must live; I must make a certain amount of money; I must be clothed; I must be fed.” The great concern of our lives is not the kingdom of God but how we are going to take care of ourselves to live. Jesus reversed the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first, maintaining it as the primary concern of our lives, and never to place our concern on taking care of the other things of life.
When Jesus said, “do not be anxious about your life” (Matt 6:25), He pointed out that from His standpoint it is absolutely unreasonable for us to be anxious, worrying about how we will live. Jesus did not say that the person who takes no thought for anything in his life is blessed–no, that person is a fool. But Jesus did teach that His disciple must make his relationship with God the dominating focus of his life, and to be cautiously carefree about everything else in comparison to that. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Don’t make food and drink the controlling factor of your life, but be focused absolutely on God”.
Some people are careless about what they eat and drink, and they suffer for it; they are careless about what they wear, having no business looking the way they do; they are careless with their earthly matters, and God holds them responsible. Jesus is saying that the greatest concern of life is to place our relationship with God first, and everything else second. It is one of the most difficult, yet critical, disciplines of the Christian life to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into absolute harmony with the teaching of Jesus in these verses.