We live in a very materialistic world where fashion, money, cars, gadgets and all types of possessions have taken priority over such things as relationships, love, good character and God.
The power of the media, the movies, the music and advertising has made us believe that we NEED MATERIAL THINGS above those things that are Godly, which we can’t touch and see with our natural eyes.
Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Jesus said that we should “seek FIRST the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS”.
Are you seeking FIRST God’s kingdom? Are you seeking FIRST God’s righteousness? What are your priorities in life – Is it God or is it material things?
Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The treasure that we accumulate on earth is TEMPORARY, but the treasure we accumulate in Heaven is forever. When we die, we cannot take with us the material possessions we have accumulated on earth; we can’t take that money we have in the bank account; we can’t take our clothes; we can’t take our favorite car with us.
Does it mean then that we shouldn’t desire to have a car or clothes or a nice house? Of course not.
God knows that we want these things. However, God wants to know where your heart and where your priority are between Him and the material things that you desire.
For example, what extents would you take in order to get your possessions? Would you lie, cheat, gossip, falsely accuse in order to get what you want? Would having possessions cause you to stop following God?
Jesus was saying that people follow what their heart desires. If you desire material things, your heart will follow those things above God. However if you desire the things of God, your heart will follow God and His righteousness.
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Who is Your Source?
Are you your own source or is God your source? Is somebody else your source or is God your source? When you live, believe and understand that GOD IS YOUR SOURCE for EVERYTHING then you will discover that you don’t need to worry about material things. God is the ONE who will supply all your needs according to HIS riches.
Your focus instead should be on advancing the kingdom of God and on pleasing God. Then as you please God you will be adding to your “bank” account in Heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves cannot come and steal.
Who are you seeking FIRST today?