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Discover the Book - October 12

  • 2020 Oct 12

Living the Word Filled Life: Making a Sacred Vow

As we open to Matthew 6:19  stop and put yourself out in the crowd. Jesus is speaking, He is so clear that no one is confused. He talks about life in such a way everyone understands.

Listen to His familiar words, but do so with perhaps an unfamiliar longing: ask God to stir within you a longing to do and not just hear these powerful words. In Matthew 6:19 Jesus asks all of us how we are doing at laying up the treasure of time invested in the Bank of Heaven. Jesus spoke so often about money, possessions and eternity. He told us:

Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

As we look at the ever increasing opportunities, to invest the priceless time, streaming in what sometimes looks like an endless river: have you decided yet what will be your investment strategy?

Jesus has framed the wisest way to invest our precious river of time, in the words of one short verse at the end of this chapter of Matthew. Do you know yet what will be your choice when it comes to heeding Christ's clearest and simplest request?

Jesus reduced daily life down to one verse; and it is so easy that we don't have to remember much. This verse says it all.

Imagine that you are in Galilee, Jesus is sitting on a hillside, and you feel like He's talking just to you. He is speaking to each of us today, if we will just stop and listen!

Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you."

There is God's plan, the essence of spiritual life; and the key to all other blessings in life.  Either we take it and obey, or leave it and ignore the reality that God has very high expectations for His children.

Do you know what He wants you to do in life? Here it is, simple enough for anyone to grasp: SEEK HIM FIRST. That means that Matthew 6:33 distills and puts at our finger tips, a one step guide in:

How to Live for God

Jesus asked us in this verse to seek FIRST: His mastery, and His control over every aspect of our life.

Seeking Christ should be our first priority as His disciples today, and is still the essence of Biblical Christianity. And, seeking first Christ's mastery, and supremacy over all of my life is what it means to be a true follower of Christ.

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