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DESIRES OF THE HEART

April 17, 2017

Monday

 

Matthew 6:33

 

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

 
LESSON

 

Rather than pursuing material things, the disciple should replace this with a pursuit having much greater significance. Seeking the kingdom involves pursuing the things about the kingdom for which Jesus taught His disciples to pray, namely: God’s honor, His reign, and His will. Seeking God’s righteousness means pursuing righteousness in life in submission to God’s will. It does not mean seeking justification, in view of Jesus’ use of “righteousness” in the context. In the end, just as there are only two kinds of piety, the self-centered and the God-centered, so there are only two kinds of ambition: one can be ambitious either for oneself or for God. There is no third alternative.

 

Many have gotten their priorities confused. So much time is spent worrying about “things” that we lose sight of what truly matters. We seek gold while dismissing God. We seek health while neglecting holiness. Wise men or women have divine knowledge. They know that seeking takes sacrifice and faith. But the end result is worth it.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:9
Desire: the starting point of all achievement.

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