Do you ever wake up Monday morning wishing it were Friday? Are you a “living for the weekend” type of person? Often on Monday mornings I start thinking about the trials and tribulations of the previous week and begin to worry about the new obstacles coming my way. I start the week with anxiety.
Anxiety means that fear has captured my thoughts about the future. Positive outlook is replaced with negative outlook and I start asking questions like “What if I fail?” “What if I’m not good enough?” “What if I lose my job?” “What if I can’t pay the bills?” “What if …etc. etc.”
What does Jesus say about Monday mornings?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:31-33
The “therefore” referenced at the beginning of this verse follows a statement about deciding to live for God instead of living for money.In this verse we learn the key for overcoming anxiety. The verse says in essence, replace anxiety by seeking the kingdom of God and seeking righteousness.
What is seeking the kingdom of God?
The word kingdom can be separated into two smaller words: king and domain. A kingdom is a place where a king has domain. When we seek first the kingdom, we allow domains of our life that we control to be transferred to the lordship of Christ. In this way, the areas that we submit to God are no longer our problem, they are God’s problem! If my work is submitted to God for His glory then I’m leaving the results up to Him.
If you are like me, it might take a while to figure out that God is a better manager than we are. He’s smarter, wiser, has a deeper understanding of the problems and can work so much harder and better than we can!
Seeking first the kingdom means joining in with God’s heart to serve people “on earth as it is in heaven”. It means putting the needs of others first and serving people the way that Jesus did. It includes surrendering our domains to become God’s domains where Jesus is the king. According to this passage of scripture, doing so will remove anxiety from our lives.
What is seeking the righteousness of God?
Righteousness means to be in right-relationship with God. We stop living contrary to God and start living for God. When we have a relationship with God, we naturally strive towards holiness.
Is it not true that we want to be like the people we admire and spend time with? In order to have a relationship with God, we have to seek God, to spend time with Him. It’s hard to have a relationship with someone we don’t know.
What is the result of spending time with God?
King David once wrote, You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalms 16:11
Walking in the presence of God brings two things; full joy and eternal pleasures.
Relationship with God removes anxiety!
If a person were invited to spend the day with the president of the United States, do you think they would worry about what they are going to eat for lunch? What if they were invited to hang out for a week? Do you think the president would be able to give them a place to stay?
If we would trust the president of the United States to meet our needs if we spend time with him, how much more the king of the universe! When we spend time with Jesus, we become less anxious about everything.
Are you anxious today or are you a “seek first” Christian? You can’t be both. I hope that you join me today in seeking God’s kingdom and right-relationship with God.
1. Seek first His kingdom. What domains of your life need to become the King’s domain?
2. And His righteousness. What steps do you need to take in order to have a right relationship with God and spend time with Him?
This article is designed to help you grow a creative, sustainable and impactful organization. I hope you find it helpful. If you want even better wisdom for your business, remember that wisdom has a source. James 1:5
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