I took this from the daily devotional written by Pastor E.A Adeboye, I was really touched by it and I hope you'll be too. Many times we loose sight of what's important and I pray that this will remind everyone what the one important thing is so we all stop chasing shadows. Amen.
Sunday 17 February
Memory Verse: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these thing shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
Read: Matthew 6:31-33
Mat 6:31† Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32† (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33† But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
When you are very happy, watch your actions or else you will become a victim of that happiness. The target of true followers of Christ is not just happiness but joy. Hence, the Lord in Matthew 6:33 says,
ìBut seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.î
and Paul by the Holy Ghost in Romans 14:17 defined the kingdom of God to encompass joy.
ìFor the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.î
If you chase after things, the best you can get is happiness. You can never find God when in pursuit of material things. If however you are pursuing God, not only will you find God and everlasting joy, you will also have material things you never struggled for. Which is better? To pursue things and have material blessings but lose God and Heaven, or to seek after God and have Him, joy, material things and eternity with Him in Heaven? What is your choice?
ìAnd they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.î
1 Corinthians 7:31
Another truth here is that those who are chasing things hold strongly to material things. They think they have a hold on things but the reality is that material things have taken them captive. It has become a stronghold in their lives. Of such, Jesus says in Mark 10:24:
ìAnd the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!î
In other words, they may feel that because they worked so hard for the money, they will need to justify every cent, penny or kobo they spend from it. It might get to a point where unknown to them, they begin to idolise or worship money. When you trust in your wealth saying in your heart that there is nothing to fear about sickness, hunger, lack, etc. your heart has left God. If you find it difficult to pay your tithe, give a generous offering or sow into God's kingdom, it is evidence that you are pursuing things and most probably serving them. Such people, irrespective of where they find themselves will almost worship people of means. They want to continue to amass wealth and be sure that their bank accounts are swelling. Anytime they suffer a loss, they lose their happiness. And if they suffer a major loss, they will want to kill themselves. Material things are a shadow. Stop chasing shadows because you can never catch one. Start to chase the real thing. Start to seek for God and how you can enlarge His Kingdom, and you will have beyond your bargain.
There are things you will seek which will make you lose what's most important. Seek right!
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