This chapter is mostly in red, covers a lot, and deserves full attention. Jesus was among us, experiencing firsthand all the things He’s seen mankind stumble through from the beginning. He pleads a focus, a rejection of fear and anxiety, and calls us towards peace and purpose.
“For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” (30-31)
You will never experience a need unique to you. The LORD will never be baffled by your hunger, fear, loneliness, lack of fashion, etc. He takes care the birds, plants and every nation on earth. Running in desperation after these basic needs will only distract and deplete precious energies. Keeping the Kingdom in focus comes with a promise from the LORD: “I’ll take care of the rest.”
We are His people and sooner or later, He will call us to account for how we spent our time here. I let these silly things slow me down way too much. Will He find me ready? Will He find me making big the small things? Will He find me hoarding His blessings or stewarding them?
Of course, He knows we are a harassed and traumatized lot, but He is calling us higher, deeper, closer. It’s good to take this kind of inventory on how time is spent.
How can we prioritize the Kingdom today?