Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
What I like about Jesus’ instructions is that he doesn’t just leave you hanging. He doesn’t say stop your worrying without giving you something to do instead. Instead of worrying, Jesus gives you something very significant to do. He says: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) This is where we get the next secret. SECRET #32 is: The follower of Jesus seeks first the Kingdom and His righteousness.
Seek his Righteousness of HEAVENLY TREASURES! Since God already knows your needs and is not surprised when something happens (or doesn’t happen) to you, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all of these things (eating, drinking and clothing) will be taken care of by God Himself. This is what is meant by “walking with Jesus.” I think seeking the Kingdom and His righteousness is the same as seeking after Jesus.
To seek after Jesus-his Kingdom and His righteousness-is to enjoy God’s principle of plenty. The principle of plenty says that with God there is always enough. Without him there is never enough! Trust God and enjoy the plenty from Him. Trust anything or anyone other than God, and you will surely have a perpetual state of dissatisfaction! When you come to the end of yourself, then and only then will you come to the understanding that God is ENOUGH!
Jesus has one more thing to add to this teaching. He says: “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34) This is the source of the very helpful philosophy of life espoused by the various anonymous groups of the importance of living your life ONE DAY AT A TIME. You can count on it. Each day has enough problems on its own without piling on more that might happen in the future, so live your day fully-today. Yesterday is a cancelled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the only cash you have, so spend your cash well.
Years ago I summed up Look around you and be distressed. Look within you and be depressed. LOOK TO JESUS AND BE AT REST.