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It’s sad to continually hear self empowerment messages from preachers. The individual, who has or has not believed in Jesus as Lord, for a good 45 minutes to an hour gets a message preached to them about how God can better their lives, while Jesus is left as the player you want to pass the ball at the last second to make the winning shot. God, the Lord of everything, is treated as a simple means to an end. But just because He is treated untruthfully does not make He and His Word any less true and all powerful.
Not ONCE has God said anywhere in scripture for us to focus on our futures while on this earth.
In Proverbs 3:5-6, King Solomon (the wisest man to ever live) tells His son to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Solomon is NOT advising his son to focus on His future, but rather instructing him to trust God with his life, and informing him that the future of life is God’s business to worry about, not ours.
Your future is His to hold, and His to orchestrate. We are called to rest in His work.
Focusing on anything or anyone other than Christ causes us to worry about our situation, rather than depend on God and seek Him with all our hearts. And, in seeking Him with ALL our hearts, that leaves no room for people, places or things, that cannot promise or provide us anything anyway, to occupy what Jesus shed His blood on the cross to purchase; our lives. Jesus says in Matthew 6:31-33, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Seeking God first and His righteousness does NOT mean that there are other things that take second, third, and forth place. With Jesus acknowledging that the necessities of survival in this life are nothing more than adages in verse 33, we know that first place is the only place in which the Lord resides in our lives. Within everyday life, acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He directs your path, not you.
HE alone is the provider, and He provides His Grace for us daily in Jesus Christ! God does bless us with temporary things, but what do you consider to be temporary? Do you realize that your life is not your own? God’s will for your life is to be made be like Jesus by His Spirit purifying from bad work, so that He may perform His good work in you (I Thessalonians 4:3), whether you submit to Him or not.
Jesus, speaking of himself, says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13).
If our reasons for seeking Jesus to give us a a new life, a better life, to clarify our future, or anything other than because He is God, we have no beginning, middle, or end here on this earth, or with Him in the future in heaven. Period. In John 6, over 5,000 men sought Jesus for what He could give them, but once Jesus told them the truth of their misguided ambitions, and that He was and is the only means of satisfaction, they left Him and never followed Him again.
Seek Jesus for Jesus, and you will find Jesus. Seek Jesus for temporary satisfaction, and you’ll find out that you never started seeking Him when it is too late.
The things of this world are temporary, and fading fast;
Jesus is eternal life.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ WHO IS YOUR LIFE appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.