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Seeking God: Realigning our Focus

Seeking God: Realigning our Focus

Read Luke 12:22-32

“Do not worry about your life…but seek His Kingdom and these things will be added to you.”

Uncertainty breeds fear and worry. As we listen to the news today, it seems that life is continually thrown into confusion and apprehension. The political landscape is in turmoil as political ideologies clash. The economy seems to be teetering on the edge as the Covid-19 not only wreaks havoc on the health of people but also the stability of our economy. The moral compass of our nation, once riveted upon a Judeo-Christian ethic, is spinning wildly in search of some moral direction. No longer is there a sense of absolute truth, but instead, our morality is dictated by personal relativity. I determine what is right and wrong. Secularism, which sees morality apart from any consideration of God, is now driving the moral compass and the new morality strives to silence any who does not agree. Under the guise of pluralism and inclusion, they run roughshod over anyone who disagrees. No long is Biblical truth popular but now seen as a threat. All this leads to apprehension and anxiety about the future.

Instead of becoming focused upon the accumulation of stuff or the pursuit of the temporary we are to focus on the eternal, and the only thing that is eternal is the kingdom of God. But what then does this mean? How do we seek his kingdom? The kingdom of God is the advancement of his rule in our life and the world. To seek the kingdom of God is to seek to obtain and reveal his righteousness in our life. It is to proclaim the gospel so that people are being freed from the bondage of their sinful desires and find true liberty in the joy of a relationship with God. The arrival of his Kingdom is our longing and our hope. It is to be at the heartbeat of our prayer. This is what Christ points us to when, in the Lord’s Prayer, he teaches us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in heaven and on earth.” But this is not an elusive pursuit, where we hope to attain the impossible. Instead, Christ promises that the Father will gladly give us his kingdom when we make it our desire (verse 32).

Instead of becoming focused upon the accumulation of stuff or the pursuit of the temporary we are to focus on the eternal, and the only thing that is eternal is the kingdom of God. But what then does this mean? How do we seek his kingdom? The kingdom of God is the advancement of his rule in our life and the world. To seek the kingdom of God is to seek to obtain and reveal his righteousness in our life. It is to proclaim the gospel so that people are being freed from the bondage of their sinful desires and find true liberty in the joy of a relationship with God. The arrival of his Kingdom is our longing and our hope. It is to be at the heartbeat of our prayer. This is what Christ points us to when, in the Lord’s Prayer, he teaches us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in heaven and on earth.” But this is not an elusive pursuit, where we hope to attain the impossible. Instead, Christ promises that the Father will gladly give us his kingdom when we make it our desire (verse 32).

But this is what grounds our hope in the person of Christ. When our focus is upon him and the attainment of his kingdom, then he has given us the promise that he will take care of us and provide for all we need. Because he has promised us the lessor (our daily food and clothing) we are free to pursue the greater: participation in the Kingdom of God. Because he will establish his kingdom, we no longer need to worry about the events of the day, for the uncertain of today is never a threat to the certainty of his kingdom. Where is your focus today

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