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Seek First The Important Things!

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Think about this for a moment. What is the most important thing in your life? Think before you answer – and don’t give me what you wish were most important or think should be most important. Someone once said if you want to know what is really important to a person – just look at the person’s checkbook. I’ll add – take a look at their credit card bills and their online spending too! Do we spend more money on things that are really only peripheral things in our lives? Do we own that boat or does that boat own us? Are our hobbies that important to our lives?

The Sunday School answer – of course – would be Jesus! Jesus should be most important in our lives. We have been bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb and He owns us – 1 Corinthians 6:20 – you were bought at a price. At least – God should own us – but at times we act as if we own ourselves. At times we act as if we are more important than God. Continue reading

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What is Most Important to the UM Church Today?

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

IMG_0301What is the most important thing for you in your life? Think before you answer – and don’t give me what you wish were most important or think should be most important. Someone once said if you want to know what is really important to a person – look at the person’s checkbook. I’ll add – take a look at their credit card bills and their online spending too! Do we spend more money on things that are really only peripheral things in our lives? Do we own that boat or does that boat own us?

The Sunday School answer – of course – would be Jesus! Jesus should be most important in our lives. We have been bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb and He owns us – 1 Corinthians 6:20 – you were bought at a price. At least – God should own us – but at times we act as if we own ourselves. Continue reading

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Seek First After God!

Matthew 16:26

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Do you know anyone who has a lot of stuff?  A person with a lot of stuff is usually a person with more stuff than you have – lol.  Today’s passage is all about where your heart is – set on things or on God?  Casting Crowns sings a song titled American Dream.  Here is a link on YouTube to that song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DumlIIHSrsQ.

Here are some of the lyrics of the song: All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy. But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul. But he’s moving on full steam. He’s chasing the American dream. And he’s gonna give his family finer things. “Not this time son I’ve no time to waste. Maybe tomorrow we’ll have time to play”. And then he slips into his new BMW. And drives farther and farther and farther away. Cause he works all day and tries to sleep at night. He says things will get better; Better in time. [Chorus] So he works and he builds with his own two hands. And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand. But the wind and the rain are comin’ crashing in. Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands. His kingdom stands.

In one verse they sing a line many of us have heard before: Whoever dies with the most toys wins. This line is followed up by the paraphrase of the verse of the day. But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end.

If we search after things – things are what we will have.  If we search after relationships – we will have relationships – which are more lasting and satisfying than things – in the long run!  If we search after the things of God – we will lose our life to Him and find it in Him in the long run!

The song ends with this line – repeated: All they really wanted was you.

Jesus often spoke about things.  He often told us that the things are not important – that God would make sure we had what we needed.  That the first priority was to seek after God with all of our hearts.  If we do this – all the other things will fall into place!

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

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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March 9, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , | 1 Comment

Seeking God’s Kingdom First

Matthew 6:33

33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

I’ve confessed several times to being myopic – and this can get me in trouble.  I misplace my keys and I can’t focus on anything else but finding them – staying up late to find them and then being tired the next day.  If I want something – I focus on getting it – at times to the exclusion of other things.  I’m not saying this is good – but rather how I am.  I have run into people with a similar trait for sure.

My prayer for myself and others like me – and for that matter – for everyone – is that we would become myopic when it comes to focusing on Jesus and His will in our lives.  Jesus tells us to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and other things will be added to us – such as our substance – our shelter – our clothing.  God has promised to provide these things – if we become focused on His will – His kingdom first.  Read about it in Matthew 6:25-34.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

July 15, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Theology | | Leave a comment

I Am The Lord’s Servant

Luke 1:38

38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

This passage is from the story of Mary – Jesus’ mother – being told she would have a child.  Here is the story.

Luke 1:26-38 – 26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God.” 38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

I imagine that this was not the plan that Mary had for herself as she grew up. She was pledged to be married to Joseph and I imagine she dreamed of consummating the marriage, beginning to set up house and raising their children.  But to be pregnant – without knowing a man (“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”).  Yet Mary was willing to yield her dreams, her plans, her will, for the will of God.

We all have plans – and I believe that God has a plan for us as well.  Do we listen to what God might have for us?  Or are we too busy with our plans to hear God speaking to us?  Has someone invited us to serve in a ministry – and instead of seeking if God is speaking through that person – do we ignore it because it doesn’t fit our plans?  Do we have a set way to serve in our mind – and any other plan we will reject?  Are we seeking God’s plan, God’s will, for our lives?

Oh what God could do with a church filled with people who sought His will first.

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

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

April 7, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Encouragement | , , , | 1 Comment

   

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