The passage for today is Matthew 6:1-34. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Matthew 6:1-34 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
The ending of this passage is, to me, the main thrust of what Jesus is trying to communicate. “But seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” The beginning sections of Matthew chapter 6 teach on giving, prayer, and fasting and how to NOT go about doing them. The phrase “to be noticed by men” is repeated over and over in this section and Jesus is showing this is in opposition to seeking the Kingdom of God. God has always been after the heart, and motives show the intention of the heart. Are we after things for God or men? Jesus also addresses wrongly placing trust and love in money and worry regarding provisions and instead emphasizing a trust in God, because He knows we already need all these things. It says, “the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things.” What do we eagerly seek? What I see is Jesus healing the blind eyes of the human spirit. How blind we can become by the things of earth! We must be trained by the Holy Spirit to learn how to truly see.
What do I eagerly seek? Is it something that I should be trusting God in so I can focus instead on the Kingdom of God? What are the motives of my heart? Am I building my own kingdom for my glory or do I build the Kingdom of God? Is my family life characterized by worries, cares, activities that rob us from time of prayer and devotion as a family? The Kingdom of God is to be sought after first!
Father, we do not see as You see. We much too often focus on the temporary worries of this life…and the truth is our human lives and this world is fading away. We are temporary but we have been called into an eternal purpose while we are here on earth. We must be trained by Your Holy Spirit to see as You see; and to learn how to see the Kingdom of God all around us and how to bring it to the lost and dying around us. Purify us from impure motives. Put in our hearts an eager spirit that seeks after what You are after. Help us, O God, to be set apart because we are citizens of Heaven and not this world! Help us prioritize our lives as You say, not as we please. Anything we place ahead of You is an idol and forgive us for this, Lord. Amen.
This post was written by Amee Kuch.