Are You a Seeker?

Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness….” (Matthew 6:33)

Thus, He set the table for contentment and productivity. To fail in this conquest is to crucify one’s self between two thieves:

The regrets of YESTERDAY and the worries of TOMORROW.

Jesus’ call is a call to prioritize your life. To do this is to put first things first. If you were to make a list of the ten most important things in your life, where would Jesus rank? That is a gut punch for some, He doesn’t. If He were to become number one in your life what changes would He enable you to make in the other nine?

The verb Jesus used, “seek,” means being absorbed in the search for, that is, making a persevering effort to obtain. Literally, “Be constantly seeking….” A visual is offered: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before you, looking to Jesus….” (Hebrews 12:1, 2)

Looking translates the word “Ap-Horan.” “Ap” means “from” or “away from.” “Horan,” means “to look.” Thus, we are to look away from those things that detract us, and deliberately look to Jesus.

Two big obstacles to kingdom citizenship are:

* Avarice, which is greed. Jesus forbids it because it is foolish to lay up treasures beyond logic. Things don’t satisfy.

* Anxiety is forbidden because it does no good for us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

A kingdom citizen believes in the King of whom it is said: “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Give Him the first part of every day. In a quiet time early in the morning set your mindset for the day.

Give Him the first choice in every decision. To do anything else is to rob yourself of His intended best for you.

Give Him the first day of the week. Public worship rejuvenates you spiritually and renews you physically.

Give Him the first tenth of every dollar. It is intended as a discipline enabling you to evidence your devotion.

In his book, “Resilience,” New York Psychiatrist Fredrick Flach wrote, “Keeping the faith is the most vital ingredient of the resilience we need to cope with crisis.”

In the first part of every day, refresh your faith. You will be better equipped by the King to cope.