Seek first the Kingdom of God … (Matthew 6:33)
Jesus never spoke words harder to follow. As I write this, sitting in a warm office in affluent America, I’m reminded of how hard it is to seek him first. In a land with so much available — affordable health care, retirement accounts, disposable income, food stamps, and Social Security, the discipline to seek God first is often met with formidable obstacles.
Often in the morning I open my email before my Bible, missing a chance to start my day with real wisdom. I check my calendar before praying, meeting the day’s obligations with anxiety instead of peace and power. I scurry for a quick breakfast instead of feasting through meditation on the goodness and grace of God.
Please, Lord, tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with this!
Statistics might verify that I’m not alone in this constant battle. Only fifteen percent of American churches are growing, and only half helped even one person come to Christ last year. All told, about 100 million people in our nation are disconnected from God and the Christian community.
Are we seeking?
The challenge is not relegated to our shores, though. There are 6,500 unreached people groups in the world, more than half of its people. Of those, 1,500 people groups are totally unengaged. This means they do not have a viable church witness or, in some cases, even a Christian presence!
As I set out to make my personal goals for 2015, I’m convicted once again to refocus on what I’m seeking. Yes, I’m just one person, but I believe in my heart when I am consumed with seeking Christ first, I can make a difference in my life, in the lives of those around me, and throughout the world.
Winston Churchill once said, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” I’m recommitting to making a life that’s focused on seeking first the things of God. I hope you’ll join me in that pledge.
Let’s start seeking; only God knows what we’ll find.