Saturday, April 24, 2010

Therefore I Tell You...

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink,
Or about your body, what you will wear… look at the birds of the air… your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not more valuable than they?
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
 and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:25-26, 33

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry…”

Who is the ‘I’ in this verse?  Who is speaking?
The answer is Jesus but, who is this Jesus?

He was in the beginning with God.  John 1:2

All things were made through Him,
and without Him nothing was made that was made.  John1:3

Jesus, before being born of Mary in Bethlehem, was with God at the time of the creation of the heavens and the earth.

This great, magnificient Jesus is the same humble carpenter who willingly laid down His life to ransom my life… and yours.

He knows the beginning and the end and everything in between.

It is Jesus, full of grace and truth, that says, “Do not worry.”

He also says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

He doesn’t say never work, don’t go to the grocery store, or out to eat.  He doesn’t say dress in rags or walk around undressed.

He says, “Seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness.

What is God’s kingdom?

Romans 14:16 & 17 says,

“Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 1:8 says,
“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”
The kingdom of God is Jesus and seeking Him is walking by the Holy Spirit that He provided by His death and resurrection.

What is God’s righteousness?  The answer is not a “What” but a “Who.”

1 John 2:1 tells us that Jesus Christ is righteous.

Ah, but there is another “Who.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 says,

“For He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us that we (gulp!) might become the righteousness of God…
by worrying a lot? 


By struggling in our own strength? 


“…That we might be the righteousness of God in Him [Jesus].”
When we seek the face and love of Jesus first, when we walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit, everything we need (not want, but need) for life is provided.

And even when we worry and fret and don’t seek Him first, He graciously cares for us because even when we are faithless—He is Faithful.

But even greater that that—because we are hidden in Him, in Jesus, God sees us only as righteous because “Jesus Christ is righteous.”

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