In the greatest sermon that ever fell on the ears of fast decaying
mortality, the teaching of sincere devotion and implicit faith is given
by the master teacher of all time. In His monumental "sermon on the
mount" Jesus taught, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things (temporal necessities) shall be
added unto you" (Matthew 6:33), The Son of God realized that first hand
service to His Father was all that was acceptable, and He tried so hard
to make others aware of this important fact. The children of Israel were
told time and again that the God whom they served was a jealous God.
Today we serve the same God. He would not accept second hand service
then, and He will not now.
"NOT FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING"
There are those in the world (yea, even in the church), who, if they
were asked, would answer in the affirmative that they believe in the
promise of Jesus. But some of these very ones offer disgustingly feeble
excuses for not seeking first the kingdom of God. Take, for example,
the man who forsakes the worship assembly on the Lord's day to do
secular work. Then when reminded that the word of God demands that we
"not forsake the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), he
offers 1 Timothy 5:8, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially
for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than
an infidel," hoping that he is justified. (It sounds as if he thinks
that is the only job in the world in which he can make a living). I
wonder if such a person really believes in the promises of the Lord. The
Psalmist David said, I have been young and now I am old; yet I have not
seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread" (Psalms 37:25).
God will never forsake us, nor will we ever have to beg bread, if we
seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
"HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON"
When the God at heaven looked down from the portals of glory upon lost
and dying men and women, He was moved with compassion. He knew it was
"not in man that walketh to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23), and sent
the brightest jewel in all of heaven to bleed and die for our sins. "For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
(John 3:16). Now then God expects and requires of us that we "present
our bodies a living sacrifice" (Romans 12:1), and to "diligently seek
him" (Hebrews 11:6). If we were to live every minute at our lives in
service to God, we would never be able to repay Him for His love and
The apostle Paul says, "Only let your conversation be
as it becometh the gospel of Christ" (Philippians 1:27). The word "only"
denotes exclusion. The word "conversation" carries with it the meaning
of "manner of life, deeds, actions." Our living is limited to service in
that which is right. We have no time to devote to things Satan has to
offer, which would mar and scar our souls, "in all things showing
thyself a pattern of good works" (Titus 2:7). "He that knoweth to do
good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).
DEATH THAT AWAITS US ALL
Some claim that they do not have time to "seek first the
kingdom of God." I do not deny nor dispute this - not as long as they
put everything else first in their lives. But is it not frightening to
look down the stream of time and see the perilous rapids of life they
must face without the guiding and protecting hand of God, and to view
the yawning chasm of death that awaits us all; and finally the great and
final judgment when the unprepared will be sent into "everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41)?
We just have a few short years to live here - at the most, So let us
render our very best service to God, who loved us, that in that
momentous day we can hear the Judge say, "Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world