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Pandemic Perspective – Part 36 Navigating an Uncertain Future – Part 4

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Matthew 6:24-34

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 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. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

A proper perspective not only reminds us of our real provision and purpose but it reprioritizes our:

  • Priorities – 

We need to keep first things first. We need to keep God number one. And to get there, we must refocus our priorities. Pursuing God’s kingdom means making it our central priority and passion, not just one of our points. It’s when we live life to please Him, when we put Christ in the place of Preeminence. Are you majoring on what matters, kingdom living or minoring on miniscule matters? Loving the Lord is not something that we check off a list it’s our life. Pleasing God isn’t just a premise its practical, but we waste lots of opportunities to worship because we are asking the wrong question: We ask, “what does God want me to do with my life?” But what if we asked “what does God want me to do today, right now?” Practical obedience asks for that which pleases God in the present.  When we worry about the future, we fail to be productive in the present, and when we lack productivity today, it is a sure prescription for real worry tomorrow. Ask any student that puts off their homework! This doesn’t mean that we don’t plan, no it goes back to the purpose what is the driving desire, what is the motivation me or the Master, Fear or the Father? Jesus isn’t saying, “Don’t plan for the future; He’s saying, “Don’t worry about the future.” Are you seeking His kingdom above all? This is not a prescription for a problem free life but a life free from the waste of worry. Yes, life is a journey filled with curves, construction, and sometimes collisions, we drive through difficulty and have to deal with detours, high hills, and sudden stoplights but when we journey with Jesus it doesn’t have to be filled with fear. So how are you going to spend today, on self or service, in worry or worship?  Are you going to be tied up in the temporary or engaged in the Eternal? Trusting God doesn’t mean that the things that cause us worry will disappear, trusting God means their influence on us will. Because trusting God, means putting our lives into perspective, God’s perspective. So today, I leave my tomorrow in His hands.

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