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One Thing is Needed! part 3
All of the necessary activities for advancing the Kingdom of God are to come out of our passion for the Kingdom...
...but if the passion for His Kingdom wanes, the focus shifts to what WE are doing. Suddenly it’s all about us and how anointed we are.
Jesus was trying to get Martha to see that she was taken up with the wrong things – at that particular time. Taking care of household duties is not wrong, but from mixing up the material world with the spiritual world, she had her priorities out of whack at that time. Here she was in the very presence of the Son of God thinking that the most important thing was her ministry, her service. How could any ministry which is trying to exalt Jesus be more important than Jesus Himself? That would be like putting your calling before your Savior. “Jesus, I’d like to pray and spend more time with You than I do but I am so busy for You, doing my ministry, preaching, and giving, and helping others, that there just isn’t time to sit at Your feet.”
Isn’t it ironic that we generally justify our lack of priorities concerning the Kingdom of God with our needs! In other words, it’s because we must feed our families, in order to be considered a good Christian man, some of you dads don’t put God’s Kingdom first in your life. Your careers have replaced your promotion of God’s Kingdom, all in the name of being a good Christian man.
Don’t forget the verse we just read: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This verse in Matthew 6:33 tells us to be careful not to use the pursuit of our material needs to justify our failure of pursuing spiritual things, because God has promised to bless us with those material needs if we would simply “… seek first His Kingdom…”
We have reversed the principle. I have heard many people use the logic of the world and suggest that once they are successful enough they will then begin to give big money to the Kingdom of God. So they have put their kingdom first with the hopes that God’s Kingdom will benefit from their success. When God’s Kingdom comes first, all the things He knows we have need of will be added to us. It’s not that God does not care about our needs – it’s that He has it covered.
We don’t need to fret. It’s not about us. It’s not about our health, it’s not about our wealth, it’s not even about our marriages: it’s about the Kingdom of God. Everything we do should be measured against that one standard. When we put our kingdom before God’s Kingdom, then our kingdom falls apart. But when we seek first the Kingdom of God, all the things we need are given to us.
Don’t try to repair your kingdom by focusing on it and becoming obsessed with it – obsess yourself with the Kingdom of God and your kingdom will fall into place. You might say, “Well, what if it doesn’t fall into place?” My response is this: what does that have to do with anything? First of all, that indicates you do not believe the Word of God. Jesus said there is one thing we need to do: “… seek first His Kingdom…” and when we do, everything we have need of will be supplied to us. That’s why I said earlier, in this study, that every decision we make needs to be measured up to this one standard. We only have one question to ask ourselves; will the decision I’m about to make advance the Kingdom of God in any way?
Everything comes down to which kingdom we are most committed to: God’s or ours! Just think about it. When does life fall apart? It’s when our life’s focus is on our kingdom rather than God’s. When we “… seek first His Kingdom…” He will take care of what we wear, and what we eat and drink. Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” If you really want to live life to its fullness, then “… seek first His Kingdom,”for when you do all the necessities of life will be added unto you. That is the only thing needed.
Medication: A Merry Heart
A woman gets pulled over by a police officer and....
Woman: "Is there a problem, Officer?"
Officer: "Ma'am, you were speeding."
Woman: "Oh, I see."
Officer: "Can I see your license please?"
Woman: "I'd give it to you but I don't have one."
Officer: "Don't have one?"
Woman: "Lost it 4 times for drunk driving."
Officer: "I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please."
Woman: "I can't do that."
Officer: "Why not?"
Woman: "I stole this car."
Officer: "Stole it?"
Woman: "Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner."
Officer: "You what?"
Woman: "His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see."
The officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.
Officer 2: "Ma’am, could you step out of your vehicle please!"
The woman steps out of her vehicle. Woman: "Is there a problem, sir?"
Officer 2: "One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner."
Woman: "Murdered the owner?"
Officer 2: "Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please. "
The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.
Officer 2: "Is this your car, ma’am?"
Woman: "Yes, here are the registration papers."
The officer is quite stunned.
Officer 2: "One of my officers claims that you do not have a driver’s license."
The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer snaps open the clutch purse and examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.
Officer 2: "Thank you ma’am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner."
Woman: "Bet he told you I was speeding too."
God Bless, Press On!
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Philippians 4:8 ESV
Today’s readings: Luke 7 & Matthew 8:1 - 13