PURSUE THE KINGDOM’S AGENDA (3)
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
Get your priorities straight. Rearrange your priorities, and put what really matters first. Seek to do the kingdom’s agenda. Always ask yourself if what you are doing can advance the kingdom’s agenda. That is what it means to “seek ye first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33, KJV). Ask yourself: This lie I am about to tell, will it advance the kingdom? Will keeping this money that I stole without anyone seeing advance the kingdom? Will the way I am going to talk to my wife (or my husband) bring an advantage to the kingdom?
Luke 12:15 warns us about covetousness because it will lead you to problems. A man’s life is not made abundant by what he possesses. Covetousness is a slave’s mentality. That is the craving to always get more and more. That is not how things work in the kingdom. To further warn against the dangers of covetousness, Jesus told a parable about a rich man in Luke 12:16-20. The man’s fields brought forth plentifully such that his barn overflowed. This man said to himself, “I will put down my barns and build another and there shall I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘thou has many goods for many years. Take it easy, relax, eat and drink, and be merry.'” This man thought that he was rich but he was not following the kingdom’s agenda.
It is not about how wealthy you are but how many people your wealth can touch. How many people are being blessed by your gift, your time, your expertise, and your talent? The rich man made provision for himself but not for others.
Further reading: Luke 12:15-32 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Genesis 31-32, Evening-Matthew 9:18-38