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Thought for the week

Matthew 6: 33 ‘But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’

Jesus presented evidence that worry is irreverent, for it fails to believe that God is in control, that the God who gave us life is sustaining it. Worry is irrelevant because it does not change things nor help us cope with problems. And worry is irresponsible; it burns up energy that should be used constructively to address the problem. Jesus used the birds of the air to illustrate freedom from anxiety, the lilies of the field to illustrate freedom from status-seeking, and the grass of the field to illustrate our need to assess priorities. (He admonishes us in verse 27 saying that worry cannot add anything to our life; yet it may limit it.) Obviously, getting to know God in a personal way should be our greatest priority in life. If we plan on spending eternity with Him then it seems like a good idea to get acquainted with Him now. After all the disasters we can think of, it may be later than we think. You soon may meet Him face to face. Understanding how quickly life goes by and how long eternity is should teach us to have the right priorities. We are, in a sense, here today and gone tomorrow James 4:14 ‘Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.’ We must have our priorities right in order to take full advantage of life. What are our priorities in life? What are our priorities for any given day? The thrust of Jesus’s lesson is found in verse 33.’But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.’ Seek first reveals Jesus concern for the priorities of our life.

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