A Disciple's Priority

July 14, 2017

One of the signature verses in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount lies within the sixth chapter of Matthew. The commanding, yet promising statement is found in the thirty-third verse and reads, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

 

Undoubtedly, this is a verse that you've read and heard preached before in sermons. What, however, did Jesus mean when He called His audience to it?

 

Jesus was speaking simply about putting the reign and rule of God first in their lives, while staying focused on His standard of living. The wonderful thing about the Savior’s statement is that its meaning and promise is not confined to an ancient time, but it penetrates every generation since then. It is for you, me, and our children.

 

To understand the message is to understand that God must be the priority in the life of the disciple. Notice, I didn't say one of the priorities, but the priority. He must not be in the vicinity of our lives, but He must be our whole life.

 

This is one of those things that we nod and say, "Amen" to, but it is something that many, including yours truly, have a difficult time implementing. That's because we are way too important to us. As long as we are that important, God can't be. This is the issue.

 

For the disciple, however, a switch must be made. God must be on the top shelf of our lives, without sharing that shelf with anything else.There really is no way around it.

 

I'll say more later about how to "Seek first the kingdom of God" Until then, keep seeking.

 

 

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