Seek First The Kingdom

Seek First The Kingdom

 Praise the Lord, it’s good to be with you once again on this wonderful Monday, how is Monday wonderful you say? Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. God has given us another day, if we focus on God then I believe that we will have a wonderful day, so here is our study today on Seek First the Kingdom.

Seek First the Kingdom

Focus Verse

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Lesson Text

Matthew 6:19–34

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Focus thought

Jesus promises us a blessed life if we put Him first.

Culture Connection

There’s an App for That

Managing our money is a worthwhile goal, but it can feel like hefting an out-of-shape, overfed hippo up Mount Everest. If there is always more month than money, you may need a little help making the money last longer than the month. Mint is an app from Intuit that will help you heft that hippo.

Apps like Mint allow you to see your personal finance accounts in one place: checking, savings, credit cards, 401k. From there you can see where you are spending and when you are saving. And taking a long, hard look at spending and saving can help you break free of anxiety, greed, or both.

Jesus taught us we cannot serve two masters. We clearly want to serve the Lord, but often we find ourselves serving money because we need more of it to live—or so we think. We would all be surprised how quickly a $10 pizza and a $5 latte add up to a lifetime of debt. Using an app like Mint helps create a budget and stay accountable to that budget.

So if you need a little help, there’s an app for that. Download Mint and start breaking free from money’s greedy grip. You and the ones you love will be glad you did.

Outline

1. OLD COVENANT TRADITIONS

A. Investing in Earthly Treasures

B. Serving Two Masters—God and Money

2. IDENTIFYING THE HUMAN BONDAGE’S

A. Greed

B. Anxiety

3. THE TRANSFORMING INITIATIVES

A. Invest Your Treasures in God’s Kingdom

B. Seek First God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness

Contemplating the Topic

One Sunday night, a family motored off to church as they had done hundreds of times before. And they came home from church as they had done hundreds of times before. But on that Sunday night, everything changed.

When they walked into the house, they discovered it had been broken into and ransacked. Every drawer had been pulled open and left that way. Dishes were everywhere. Furniture was moved. Picture frames lay shattered on the floor. Decorations were destroyed. Whoever had been in their home was looking for something valuable.

When the family took inventory, they realized all their electronic devices were gone. If it had a cord attached, it was gone. Although they lived by themselves and to themselves behind locked windows and doors out in the country, thieves still found a way to unload the house and load up their truck.

As long as there is treasure, there will be thieves. A person could buy or build a state-of-the-art vault, and someone somewhere could figure out a way to crack the code. Jesus knew this, so He admonished us in Matthew 6 to lay up our treasures in Heaven, not just on Earth.

Searching the Scriptures

1. OLD COVENANT TRADITIONS

A. Investing in Earthly Treasures

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).

In the Old Testament, God met with Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him ten profound commandments to keep our relationship with God and others right.

The tenth commandment forbade coveting: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey; nor anything that is your neighbor’s” (Exodus 20:17, NKJV).

Though nearly thirty-five hundred years have come and gone and we have upgraded from horseback to horsepower, human nature has not changed. We are still drawn to want things that are not ours. We are still tempted to covet.

Obviously we have to live, but we should not live to make money; we should make money to live. And there is a Milky Way–size difference between those two statements. When we live to make money, money is our master; when we make money to live, money is our servant. Money is a cruel taskmaster. It is fairly easy to spot individuals who are serving money. They work many more hours than required; they always ask for overtime; they miss church on Sundays to get more done.

Jesus knows that, and He knows us. So He issued this bold warning: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).

B. Serving Two Masters—God and Money

Mammon is an old English term for money. Notice that Jesus did not say, “You cannot serve God and ol’ Sluefoot.” When we think of the one on the opposite side of the field from God, we often think of the devil. But Jesus did not contrast Himself with the devil, perhaps because the devil does not even belong in the same hemisphere as God, much less on the same playing field. But Jesus did acknowledge money to be a formidable foe when it comes to our relationship with Him.

He knows if we are caught up in just making more money, we may skip our devotional time in order to get to the job earlier. We may work longer hours and skip church. Jesus knows the heartbreak that comes at the end of a life lived solely in pursuit of more money. And He has heard the regretful prayers of a man who used to walk with Him, but can no longer walk, and who wonders what his life would have been if only he had put God first.

What is the allure of wealth? Why are we drawn to it like a cat to catnip? There are two chains that bind us when it comes to money: greed and anxiety.

That will conclude our study of “Seek First The Kingdom” for today and on Thursday we will pick up our study at 2. Identifying the Human Bondage’s, until then have a great week.

 

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