Thought for the Day – 24 October 2016

Thought for the Day

Let us open to Matthew 6:19.  Stop and put ourselves out in the crowd. Jesus is speaking, He is so clear that no one is confused. He talks about life in such a way everyone understands.

Listen to His familiar words, but do so with perhaps an unfamiliar longing: ask God to stir within you a longing to do and not just hear these powerful words. In Matthew Jesus asks all of us how we are doing at laying up the treasure of time invested in the Bank of Heaven. Jesus spoke often about money, possessions and eternity. He told us:

Matthew 6:19-21;19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” 

As we look at the ever increasing opportunities, to invest the priceless time, streaming in what sometimes looks like an endless river: have you decided yet what will be your investment strategy?

Jesus has framed the wisest way to invest our precious river of time, in the words of one short verse at the end of this chapter of Matthew. Do you know yet what will be your choice when it comes to heeding Christ’s clearest and simplest request?

Jesus reduced daily life down to one verse; and it is so easy that we don’t have to remember much. This verse says it all.

Imagine that you are in Galilee, Jesus is sitting on a hillside, and you feel like He’s talking just to you. He is speaking to each of us today, if we will just stop and listen!

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

There is God’s plan, the essence of spiritual life; and the key to all other blessings in life.  Either we take it and obey, or leave it and ignore the reality that God has very high expectations for His children.

Do you know what He wants you to do in life? Here it is, simple enough for anyone to grasp: SEEK HIM FIRST. That means that Matthew distills and puts at our finger tips, a one step guide.

Jesus asked us in this verse to seek FIRST: His mastery, and His control over every aspect of our life.

Seeking Christ should be our first priority as His disciples today, and is still the essence of Biblical Christianity. And, seeking first Christ’s mastery, and supremacy over all of my life is what it means to be a true follower of Christ.

Matthew 19:27 – 30; 27Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?  28And Jesus said unto them,… 29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  30But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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