This was the theme for the sermon we listened to at church on Sunday. So what does the sermon you are preaching have to do with my everyday life? So what does seeking the Kingdom of God have to do with me during a staff meeting? So what? It definitely spoke to me as I know I can relate to thinking, “ok that’s great Pastor, but how am I suppose to seek the Kingdom first every day when my life is already busy enough?”
We all go about our lives each day worrying about everything and anything we can imagine to worry about. But the point that the Pastor drove home on Sunday was that we’re supposed to seek the Kingdom first. Not in the middle, not last, not when we stop planning or worrying, not whenever we remember, but FIRST. That is how the Kingdom affects our normal daily grind. If we are seeking the Kingdom first and casting all of our cares upon the Lord then all the rest will fall into place.
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6: 31-33
It struck me at that moment that I spend a lot of my day worrying/planning for the future. I spend way less time seeking His Kingdom. It also made me think that if I put my faith in the Lord, which I do, then why should my days be filled with worries about these things? My days should be spent praising Him for the peace He gives, joyfully enjoying this life I’ve been blessed with, and taking the time to focus on Him each day.
So if you worry, stress, or just flat-out plan too much like I do, do not forget to include God in your daily life. I know that it is impossible sometimes to not become overwhelmed with life and feel defeated. But I also know that if you take the time each day to seek Him first when these moments do come you won’t feel quite so beat down or want to give up. You’ll rely on the Lord as you should to carry you through and show you His way. Take the time to seek Him each day and ask Him to help you in the small ways in life. So when the storms come you’ll be ready and others will see the peace you have that no worry can take from you.