Sunday, June 3, 2012

DIVINE REASONINGS OF FAITH

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    --Matthew 6:33


Immediately we look at these words of Jesus, we find them the most
revolutionary statement human ears ever listened to. "Seek ye first
the kingdom of God." We argue in exactly the opposite way, even the
most spiritually-minded of us - "But I must live; I must make so much
money; I must be clothed; I must be fed." The great concern of our
lives is not the kingdom of God, but how we are to fit ourselves to
live. Jesus reverses the order: Get rightly related to God first,
maintain that as the great care of your life, and never put the
concern of your care on the other things.


"Take no thought for your life. . . ." Our Lord points out the utter
unreasonableness from His standpoint of being so anxious over the
means of living. Jesus is not saying that the man who takes thought
for nothing is blessed - that man is a fool. Jesus taught that a
disciple has to make his relationship to God the dominating
concentration of his life, and to be carefully careless about every
thing else in comparison to that. Jesus is saying - "Don't make the
ruling factor of your life what you shall eat and what you shall
drink, but be concentrated absolutely on God." Some people are
careless over what they eat and drink, and they suffer for it; they
are careless about what they wear, and they look as they have no
business to look; they are careless about their earthly affairs, and
God holds them responsible. Jesus is saying that the great care of
the life is to put the relationship to God first, and everything else
second.


It is one of the severest disciplines of the Christian life to allow
the Holy Spirit to bring us into harmony with the teaching of Jesus
in these verses.

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