Here is the quote from Jesus that started me on my mission to write this devotional, which I’m now offering free here on my blog over the next 61 days.*
“No one can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money). For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow ; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to your that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Jesus doesn’t want our focus to be money or how we will provide for ourselves; that much is clear. He doesn’t want our devotion divided, and He promises to meet our needs even if we don’t worry about them.
We seek His kingdom in many ways, but I thought a good way would be to get out my concordance and read every verse that talked about His kingdom actually using the word “kingdom.”** I hope you will join me for these 61 days of verses. Each day we’ll choose a verse or statement, and any time we find ourselves worrying throughout the day, we’ll REPLACE THAT WORRY with our verse or statement. You can choose the same phrase I do or use another. You might also want to keep a journal. Today I’m journaling about the kinds of things I usually worry about and then writing my replacement statement, “SEEK HIS KINGDOM FIRST.”
*I almost always use the New American Standard Bible. I wish it didn’t use “Thy” and stuff, but otherwise it’s my favorite.
**Verses on His righteousness will be another devotional at another time. Fair warning: It may be faster for you to just get out your concordance yourself upon finishing these 61 days.
Much love, M.L. Millard