Seeking God’s Salvation (4/7)
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
²⁷And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
²⁸And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, ²⁹yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. ³⁰But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
³¹Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ ³²For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
³³But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ³⁴So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Will the things I am seeking day by day, add up to my treasure in heaven?
It is a common saying that we get out of life only what we put into it.
But in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “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.”
What are the moths, the rust, and the thieves that so easily rob us of salvation?
▪︎ Moths are those little sins that quietly eat their way into our lives — the so-called little white lies, the unkind words, the broken promises. They are small things in themselves, but things that weaken us when the big tests come.
▪︎ Rust is a way of life in which we neglect to make use of prayer and Bible study and meditation.
▪︎ The thieves are the desire for wealth, the pursuit of fame, the aim to achieve worldly success.
These steal our time and energies from God’s work.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We cannot earn it, but we can seek a way of life in which we make it possible to receive it.
▪︎ Thank the Lord for the precious gift of the Christ, our Saviour.
▪︎ Ask the Lord to teach you to seek the things of the spirit, so that our treasure may be eternal.
▪︎ Ask the Lord to help you to show thankfulness by using our lives in loving service.
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