In Matthew Chapter 6, Jesus tells His disciples not to worry. Not about what they will eat, what they will drink or what they will wear. He reminds them about the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, and how our Father in Heaven takes care of them, so don’t they realize how much better He will take care of His people because He knows these things are essential to their lives. Jesus asks if any one of them can add even a single hour to their lives by worrying. Rather than worrying, He tells His disciples to focus on God’s will for their lives. In verse 33 he says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. Jesus promises that even during these times of adversity, we can trust in God’s love as he calls us to seek Him first, and He will provide for us out of His abundant mercy and love.
In our families, God calls us to build up our loved ones to have one purpose in mind, which is to love God with all their heart, all their soul, and all their might. “Impress them (God’s command to love) on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”. Deuteronomy 6:7
In our work, whether at home or in our place of business, God calls us to remember that we do not work for our paycheque or for our employer, we work as faithful people of integrity and high character for the honour of our God. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”. Colossians 3:23-24
In dealing with our fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is important that we are seen to be disciples of Jesus. His plan is that other people would know us by our love for one another as Christians. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters”. 1 John 3:16
In helping the vulnerable people in our communities, God calls us to be committed to helping the weak, the sick, the poor, the dispossessed and marginalized. Jesus feels so strongly about this that He views our love for the most vulnerable people among us the same as loving Him. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and, of mine, you did for me”. Matthew 25:40
My prayer is that we discover the joy, purpose, and peace that comes from being people who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
In 2023, each week's blog is a follow-up reflection written by the preceding Sunday’s preacher to dig deeper into the sermon topic and explore engaging discussion questions.