Posted by: rodalex87 | April 21, 2011

Seeking Sloppy Seconds?

A friend told me that one of his fellow law students said she was going to stop having sex during exams so God would bless her with good grades.  Her theology is simple: If she obeys God for two weeks, he will bless her.  Hum. 

“Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you as well” Matthew 6:33

The kingdom of God is both the eternal perfect reign of Christ with his saints and the restoration and redemption of all things.  Jesus tells us to make the kingdom of primary importance in our daily lives.  We are to promote peace, holiness, restoration, reconciliation, and other godly attributes in our current contexts.  The life of the Christian is a life of kingdom advancement. 

Terms such as “Put God first” have been coined as a result of this verse.  However, in light of the statement made by the law student, I want to pose a question.  Do we seek the kingdom of God FIRST because we really want the rewards that come SECOND (material provisions as discussed in Matthew 6:25-32) or do we seek the kingdom as an end in itself?  I suggest you take time to pray and meditate on this question for I personally have seen enormous fruit produced from self-examination.    

What things do we most long for?  Are they things of temporal and eternal sustainability?  I’m convinced that we should only seek the things that will last forever, namely Christ and His kingdom.  So what about the stuff of this world: food, shelter, clothing; what role do they play in our lives?  A proper view of the added things is that they are simply resources to sustain us during our time on Earth as we continually seek the kingdom of God.  God provides us housing, food, clothing, money, relationships so that we can live, glorify, seek and know Him while not becoming a slave to anything (1 Corinthians 6:12) nor letting any of these things take His role as the item of supreme worship in our lives (Exodus 20:3-6).  And then once our time on this Earth is over, God takes away all our earthly resources so we can live, glorify, seek and know Him in an eternal relationship in heaven.      

Don’t seek God first so you can then get stuff that won’t last.  No one wants sloppy seconds.  Seek God as the Eternal Father, and have faith that as you seek Him he will give you more stuff than you could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).


Responses

  1. This is HEAVY!!! WOW!! way to apply Scripture with the points made. i can feel toes bein stepped on fo sho becuz people view the things that sustains us as ABSOLUTE NECESSITIES…which, with our flesh in play, easily causes us to place those things on God’s throne and not God. good stuff fam!

    • yeah man Im thankful for these supportive scriptures the Spirit reminded me of as I was writing this blog. u right, we got to put the flesh on the sideline b/c as long as it is out on the playing field we can never truly accept this kingdom first mentality


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