The Great Priority

David Bast

READ : Matthew 6:33

What exactly is the kingdom of God? Well, it’s not like the kingdom of England or Spain. It’s not a geographical realm. You can’t point to it on a map. God’s kingdom is his reign over human persons, institutions and cultures. God already rules everything and everyone in the sense of being in control of the final outcome of all things. God’s kingdom is his active, conscious rule in individuals and institutions who acknowledge the authority of Jesus Christ.

You may have heard of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Well, here is the Great Priority: “. . . more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants” (v. 33, cev).

God’s business should be the Christian’s primary concern; seek first the kingdom. Most of us do just the opposite. We seek first all these other things. (We call it “making a living.”) Then we may give some leftover time or money to God. We worry more about paying the bills and putting away a little extra for ourselves than we do about advancing Christ’s cause.

Jesus says, “I want you to be most concerned about kingdom business, not your own business, and trust God to take care of you.” Look at your checkbook and your daily calendar and ask yourself, “Am I living my life like a Christian or a pagan?”

PRAYER

Father, take the leadership now, beginning in my life and world. Through Christ. Amen.