Do The Math

May 23, 2018 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

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A new mother goes upstairs to check on her napping infant. As she opens the door she sees her husband sitting in front of the crib. He hasn't noticed her yet so she slowly and quietly walks up to him. The new father is just staring at the baby in the crib, not saying a word, deep in thought. The mother looks and sees expressions of bewilderment, disbelief, and absolute pure joy on her husband's face. Dad finally notices his wife and says, "It's amazing, isn't it?" Mother who, spent over 17 hours in labor without an epidural, says, "Yes dear, it's just incredible," as she wipes a tear of joy from her husband's face. He looks directly into her eyes and says, "Who'da thought ya could buy a crib this good for fifty bucks?” 

 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

In a chapter where Jesus was talking about what people worry about, He makes a major pivot when He says, “BUT.”  We can worry about what to wear and what to eat or we can choose not to worry. We can take over the situation and try to fix the problem, trust in ourselves, find the solution, pursue the job, ask for the raise, network, make a list of pros and cons, call in the experts, attend the seminar, and a million other good things, BUT, the first thing we need to do is seek the Lord with all of our heart. Some people base decisions on how they feel, their emotions; some listen to someone they know have experience; some use polls and some go with the experts. Jesus tells us here in the middle of this section on worry, what we need to do: “Seek first the kingdom of God,” that is pursue God’s rule and authority and pleasure in the decision-making process.

Sounds good, but here’s the problem, we get caught up in pursuing what we want or need, not the God who can provide what we need. He is right here, waiting to lead us and provide for us, but we’re so busy looking for “the answer” that we ignore the One with the answer. What are you pursuing? “Seek first the kingdom of God and “all these things” will be added unto you.”  Notice the contrast: We serve a God that adds to our lives and face the temptations of an enemy  that always subtracts. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Do the math: “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.”

 

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