Friends, the words of Jesus bring life to the heart. The Bible says to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. I’ve had such a mix-up in my mind about eternal things and earthly things, that earthly things aren’t eternal or heavenly, and therefore don’t matter. And yet reality matters.
The body matters. The home matters. The job matters. The kids matter. The marriage matters. The church matters. The people matter. Even the birds and the cats and the squirrels matter to God.
We are in the world but not of the world. I love this world and I love it too much and at the same exact time I don’t love it enough. In-between the two there’s only love.
God loved the world, and he loved me and he loved you, all enough to send his Son to die for the world and all the people who live here and would ever live here.
“For the Gentiles run after all these things”, Jesus says, “and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them”. I can run after all these things and reject them or seek first the Kingdom of God and receive them.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
Dear friends, what a promise!