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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
Praise God for our weekly evangelism! Nevertheless, I feel sad with the plight of our countrymen. They still opt to remain in their miserable state of sin and unbelief. Many of them seem to agree with what we share, but the blindfold of materialism and hedonism (love for pleasure) is totally covering their eyes that they could not see even a glimmer of light to come out from the darkness. I know they are blinded by the god of this world so they could not believe (2 Corinthians 4:4). Let us not be discouraged but continue on to reach them out with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, for it is the only power to save them (Romans 1:16).
The most important, however, is to look at ourselves also. Let us consider our own lives as we confess to be Christians. May the Lord reveal to us if we too have become myopic only to focus on the things of this world. I pray the Lord will spare us and instead cause us to “seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness” for all things we need physically on this world will God provide! This is His promise and we must live putting God as the topmost priority of our lives! As Jesus said, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” (John 6:27). – Bro Jose.
Our MVP (Matthew 6:19–34) – 1/2
What is our Most Valuable Priority (MVP) in life? Probably many of us will say its money, some may argue its family and others may stress the importance of individual security. But what do we say as Christians? What does the Bible say that must be on top of all our priorities?
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But, you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” So here is the answer, above all else is the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Let us now look on the passages around this verse to know what kind of priorities we must have in order to demonstrate seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Let us understand the command to “seek.” This word describes an action of finding, then making an investigation and then to pursue and endeavour to obtain. Briefly, the end is to possess the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This is not of course the procedure to work out for man’s own salvation but pictures the life of a truly born-again Christian who have already seen the Kingdom of God. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
People in today’s world thinks it is foolish for a person who inherited a great mansion and yet choose to work for his own and build a tiny hut. If he is served with good and nutritious food and yet choose to eat the crumbs under the table, he is judged as ridiculous. When he is offered with a high paying salary job in an air-conditioned office but choose to work as a street cleaner under the heat of the sun, he is thought as a man without common sense.
The people of the world is right to judge like this because their standard is the world. Money, family and security are preferred. However, this same mentality of using the standard of the world is in the heart and mind of Christians today. They fail to see that as children of God they must think otherwise. They must not prioritize what the world prioritizes and must not strive for what the people of this world is striving for.
Let us look at some of the Lord’s examples regarding this teaching:
Seek Heavenward Treasures (vv. 19–23)
What are the things you desire to have? Millions? A mansion? For a person who has not believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, those choices above are understandable. He has no hope of eternal life so he hopes for the joys of this temporal life. The Bible says that everyone who is outside Christ will not inherit God’s Kingdom, therefore, his final destination is hell and that is misery forever in eternity ahead! What looks reasonable for him on earth is to at least satisfy himself with a good life probably in 70 or 80 years for he knows not what is ahead. When he dies and remains rejecting Christ as his Lord and Saviour, his “good life” ends. The Lord Jesus clearly illustrates that in a parable in Luke 12:16–21, “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
However for us believers, our mindset must be different. We have the assurance of their future life in heaven. When we choose to prioritize worldly things, it unveils our lack of knowledge of Jesus’ mission of coming on earth. This is an indication of our ignorance why Jesus died on the cross for us. This is a fearful condition for a Christian and must be addressed with right away. For if we are truly born-again believers, we progressively lose our desire to amass earthly treasures. We increasingly give our lives to see for heavenward treasures. We invest in the King’s business to preach the gospel of Christ for it will profit rewards that will last forever. The value of one soul can never be equated even with all the riches this world can offer. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world,… or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
We have the promise of delightful eternal treasures in heaven which no rust or moth can corrupt and no thieves can steal. If we are truly then in Christ, He commands us to set our “affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1–2). “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” (1 Timothy 6:7).
Our eyes must not anymore be searching for things that will not last. Although, there are basic necessary things for our physical survival on earth, we have guarantee from our Lord Jesus Christ that all these things will He supply for His children. We must desire no more to accumulate earthly things for these are only momentary things. As believers, we “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
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