Posted on: 16th March 2020
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
What should you do when you are not worrying?
Do things happen for a reason; even the bad things? Is there a definitive answer to that question? This is said to be, “The worst public health crisis of a generation”. “Many will lose loved ones because of the virus.” Can anything good come from this season that we face?
Three months ago, we discussed the themes for the assemblies and devotionals for this half term. For some, this week’s title would be coincidental. For others, it will be a perfectly timed reminder of the perspective that we are called to have when we face situations out of our control.
In John 13, Jesus tells his disciples about the death he is going to face. John 14:1-4 details Jesus’ response to their anxiety:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Whatever situation you face today or over this season, I challenge you to take charge of your hearts response. Don’t let your heart be troubled.
But how can we control our hearts response? Jesus asks his disciples to trust him through it all. Jesus has already healed the sick, calmed the storm, brought dead to life. They had seen his greatness and now they were being encouraged to believe.
Take time this week to remember all the good things God has done for you. Ask yourself how you can “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”, and believe that no matter what you face, your father in heaven has an eternal future prepared for you already.
Posted on: 3rd June 2019
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
What does that mean? What is God’s kingdom? What would it look like for us at St Wilfrid’s if God’s kingdom and will was done on earth as it is in heaven?
In Matthew 6:25, Jesus tells his hearers, “Do not worry.” I believe that the message of the kingdom of God is the same today. Do not worry. He tells them not to worry about their food, clothes or length of life. He doesn’t just tell them not to worry, he tells them what to do instead… “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”
There are some things in this world I just don’t get. Like sand art. Artists spend hours making elaborate sculptures. I’ve even seen the last supper depicted in sand. Then what happens? A few waves later…gone. We do our best at our house to keep tidy. What happens? Children! As time goes by, things change.
What if there was something that you could build that would last forever? In Matthew 6:19-20, Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”
The challenge for myself (and you if you dare) this week is to consider what I treasure the most. Do my treasures match the Lord’s Prayer? Do the things I treasure cause worry? Will my treasure last forever?
If you are experiencing periods of worry in your life at the moment, my prayer is that God will reveal to you those things that are of His kingdom, things that will last, that will bring you His lasting peace.