Words from the Heart for Monday May 9th, 2016
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
Seeking First Things
God is Lord and King, ruling over all. He calls His followers to live under His authority and rule, promising to care for our every need. How is your spiritual walk? Are you living as though God is King, or are you living as though you are King? Are you walking obediently and humbly before Him?
I came across a fascinating book the other day that was published back in 1889, ironically by Harvard Press in the USA. Titled “Alphabet of First Things in Canada” it lists hundreds of firsts in Canada. For example, the first apples were grown in Nova Scotia in 1663. The First Baptist College was opened in Toronto in 1880 by Senator McMaster. The first horse in Canada arrived in Canada on June 20, 1647. The first colony of Russian Mennonites came to Northwest Canada in 1874, and numbered 1532. Sadly, the first slave sale recorded in Canada was at Quebec in 1628, a young boy from Madagascar. He was sold for 50 crowns. Slavery was first outlawed in Canada in Upper Canada, now Ontario, in 1793. And standard time was adopted in Canada on November 19, 1883.
Setting priorities can help make life much more rewarding. Many people don’t bother and they just live day to day hoping that each day will bring blessing and joy. Now, it is true that Jesus told His followers to not worry about tomorrow, for today has enough cares. But He said this to His followers, who had come to trust Him. They had already set their priority – Jesus was Lord of their lives and their hearts were set on Him and His will for their lives. They had heeded His advice in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Wise men and women understand the need to put first things first, and there is no one else who is more powerful than Jesus Christ, who is King over all. When we seek other things first, we miss the most important thing – experiencing the transforming power of Jesus’ love and grace and living under His care and concern for us. There are lots of good things we can make as the priority of our lives – our family, justice issues, acts of compassion. These good things drive people and are honoured by the world. But the good aren’t enough if we miss the best – which is to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus over us. Only then do we have true peace with God, and accomplish things that have eternal significance. Today, seek first and foremost the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
These have been words from the heart,