What Comes First?
February 24, 2011 § 1 Comment
Jesus challenges people to determine what comes first in their lives, because He wants them to be aware of the potential threat to God presented by possessions and wealth: “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). This alternative god is as big a threat today as it was in the first century. It competes with God to be the first passion and concern of the human heart. Therefore, Jesus finds it important to warn against the all-consuming power of concerns about what you will eat, drink, and wear (6:25-34). “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” (6:25). Instead, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (6:33). What motivates you and me in life? Where do our passions lie? What comes first? God will take care of us. His daily bread will always be sufficient every day. He asks us to trust Him with that so that we can focus our everyday lives on how to participate in His kingdom wherever we live, work, and play among loved ones, friends, and strangers.