February 14th, 2008

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Seeking first the Kingdom.Mt. 6:33

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Here is one of the most basic principles of life. It is the summary of the point made in the teachings dealt with in the previous blog. God put us here to glorify Him. He is a God who is worthy of glory. So, we can and should glorify him, no question about it.

Rather than seek stuff, or status, or position, or my own desires, I need to be focused on being a good citizen of the Kingdom of God, one who relies on the King, the father, to provide. This certainly includes me doing my share and working for the Kingdom. I need to be responsible and pull my weight. It is important, and appropriate, to review the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:2-12) in order to be reminded of the benefits for those who seek the Kingdom first.

We must admit that this is not easy. Our American culture seems to be built on seeking stuff for ourselves, seeking status, seeking power, seeking fame. It is so easy to forget about what Jesus teaches here.

Really, I need to treasure Jesus. Peacemaking must be my goal in relationships. My actions must spring from a pure heart. I need to be merciful and forgiving. I need to expect to be persecuted. I need to know the joy of being righteous like my heavenly Father. I must confess that all too often I get deflected from doing this.