We need to honestly evaluate our motivations. Like every day. Today, Michaelene, the boys and I read Matthew 6:25-34 in our family Bible Study. If you’re not familiar with it, Jesus is telling His followers to not worry about what they will eat, drink, or wear (or, really, where it’s all going to come from). Toward the end of that discourse, He says “but seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, then all these things [food, drink, clothing] will be added to you.” Consider the implications of this, not merely in what we work for or towards, but even within our ministries.
If you’re building your life. Work, yes, but don’t do so to the detriment of all else. Don’t work for things that perish, and sacrifice your faith, family and personal relationships in the process. Money will come and go, but God has established you and your family, and set them aside for His Kingdom and purposes. There will be seasons of plenty, and seasons of little, are you content in these? Is your family secure in Christ, as you’re seeking Christ? Life is not about the latest gadgets, vehicles, home upgrades, or whatever else we may work toward, it’s about seeking Christ and His Kingdom above all else.
In the same way, we can do this in ministry. We can miss out on Jesus completely, and those He’s called us to, and ministry becomes more about building OUR Kingdom as opposed to seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Loved ones, we have to get our priorities straight! Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness. He will provide what is needed. In your homes, and families, seek first the Kingdom. In your Ministry, seek first the Kingdom. Everything we do must be brought in to submission to Christ, for Christ, about Christ and through Christ. Then we will find peace and contentment that goes beyond our present circumstances.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.