Mmmm Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken with Tomato Rice Mmmm
In Sydney, we have delicious Asian Food thanks to multiculturalism!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College this semester, I’m eating big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
No one can serve 2 masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
There is an old saying “Money makes the world go round.”
Many people watch their bank balances & stock markets closely.
Everyone is worried that we don’t have enough money.
We just want more and more money.
Even when we are wealthy, we are never satisfied.
Our wealth and livelihoods are at the mercy of global stock markets.
We cannot predict with certainty when the next crash will occur.
The Bible passage above is a challenge to all who follow Jesus.
Jesus was teaching his disciples about how to live in his kingdom.
A large crowd was also listening to his teaching.
Jesus’ teaching was revolutionary and counter-cultural 2,000 years ago.
His teaching is still relevant and a stark reminder to us today.
It is impossible to serve 2 masters because they have conflicting demands.
Anyone who has ever worked for 2 bosses knows this.
1 boss wants something & the other wants the complete opposite at the same time.
Money can be very demanding if we constantly worry about our financial security.
Pursuing wealth through workaholism can damage our health & family relationships.
Instead Jesus reminds everyone to be fully devoted to him instead.
We are to trust him with our lives instead of worrying about money:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
We need to ensure that we are actually in his kingdom.
Do you know him as your King and Saviour?
He promises that if we follow him, he will look after us.
He knows that we need food, clothes and shelter in our daily lives.
So where do we place money in our lives?
- God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit occupy No. 1 place in our lives.
- Our relationships with family, friends and other followers are in 2nd place.
- Money is in 3rd place.
So if we trust Jesus, what does it mean to “seek first his kingdom”?
Here are some suggestions:
- We spend time ensuring that our family & friends know Jesus.
- We encourage other followers to pursue righteousness.
- We may even give up our careers to tell the world about Jesus.
How are you seeking God’s kingdom?
Do those around you know that you are in His kingdom?
How can others see that God is in No.1 place in your life?
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