Friday, February 15, 2008

The Right Focus

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34 CSB)

We each face a variety of life concerns each day. Some folks are concerned about the very basics of life – food, water, clothing, and such. Others are less concerned about the basics and more concerned about health, relationships, or decisions that need to be made. These life concerns are simply there and must be addressed, but difficulty arises when they become the focus of our lives. When that happens, we actually look focus on what is truly important and become distracted. We miss seeing the forest because of all the trees, so to speak.

From God’s viewpoint, the focus of our minds, hearts, and lives should be on seeking two things: 1) the kingdom of God, and 2) God’s righteousness.

Seeking the kingdom of God, as a matter of priority, means that we seek to be in the kingdom of God. This refers to our own salvation, and as part of that we seek the salvation of others so that God’s kingdom will grow.

Seeking God’s righteousness means that we want our lives to reflect our relationship with Him, so that we then live rightly.

Translated, our priority is thus that we first BE right with the Lord, and that we then LIVE rightly. We are to focus on being right with the Lord relationally and living rightly as a result of that relationship. This does not mean we ignore the concerns of this at all, since that would be irresponsible. It simply means that our focus is on God, that we trust Him to provide, and that we deal with our live concerns in the context of our focus on being right and living rightly.

Lord, Show us the importance of setting Your kingdom and Your righteousness as the true priorities of our lives. Amen.

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