Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Seeking God First

During this Lenten season, our thoughts and hearts focus on the love that Jesus demonstrated to each of us by His willingness to suffer and die on the cross. Our heavenly Father loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son to live among us and die for us so that, through His Son’s death and resurrection, we could be reconciled with Him and sin and death would be conquered.

During Lent, we meditate on what Jesus has done for us and, by God’s grace, we may be led to develop a more disciplined lifestyle by giving up certain foods and/or activities in order to focus on our relationship with our Savior. Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). The first word in this verse is “but.” Jesus used this word because people are so worried about worldly things that we are too preoccupied to seek Him. Jesus promises that, if we will seek Him, He will give us what we need. What about you today? Are you seeking God with all your heart knowing that He can be trusted and will provide? Are you worrying too much about material things and relying too much on yourself? Have you embraced the attitude of our culture that “more is better”? Do you feel strained, exhausted, and breathless because of the rat race you can’t escape? In Christ, you can escape, and, through faith, you can freely “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” knowing He will provide.

Prayer: Lord, place in me an attitude to seek You first. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

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One thought on “Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

  1. The worry Jesus talks about here is indeed about a preoccupation with getting more (than we need). Jesus speaks of birds that do not work hard at sowing, reaping, or gathering, as well as of flowers that do not work hard at toiling or spinning (Mt. 6:26-29). Yet they end up looking better than Solomon in all his glory. Rather than seeking and working for the glory–the best food, drink, and clothes–everyone is seeking, Jesus says to seek first his kingdom. Earlier in Mt. 6 Jesus taught his disciples to pray first for his kingdom, and later to pray for simple daily bread. That is all they really need.

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