Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our Third General Order part 2

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”

When I read this verse my thoughts are pulled to the personal responsibility each of have been given to seek. Not only are we given the responsibility to seek but we are given an order and an object. Today I will focus on the responsibility we have been given to seek.

My pastor often uses the phrase “listen well” or “listening well” while preaching his sermons on Sunday morning. He is teaching us to listen to God’s Word while we read, while we hear and while we study. Listening is not about our ability to hear with our ears, but about listening to what God’s Word is saying to our soul through the Holy Spirit.

When we listen well, we will be compelled to do what God’s Word says, in other words... we will be moved to action. Today’s action is for you to seek first. All too many times we rely on our Sunday morning church experience to be our “seek” time. I love my church and I value our Sunday morning worship, however it was never meant to replace my time alone searching through the Scriptures for myself.

Why is seeking God first so important? It tames, disciplines and trains our “wicked human hearts”.  Without seeking first, our hearts do not transform or renew and begin to show evidence of the world we live in. When we start with “seeking first the Kingdom of God,” our end will be His majestic home.

During this week’s Pit Time, think about how you can become increasingly intentional about your efforts to Seek First the Kingdom of God.

Our Third General Order

There are many verses God has used over the years to keep me, protect me and to chasten me. Over the years, I have read many books, but His book is the only one that can do those things within a sentence or two. I imagine that’s the power of a living and active document!

The third general order we were required to memorize in basic training was, “I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions to the commander of the relief.”

To follow this general order requires the soldier to report any issues that arrive to the commander of the relief. Having the courage to confess something going amiss during your watch is difficult for a soldier due to the threat of punishment. During my service, I was lucky to never experience such a violation; however, I witnessed many who did and the consequences were not pleasant.

Aren’t we blessed to serve a God who doesn’t discipline through pain and punishment, but through grace and compassion? How blessed we are to know and be known by a God who sent His son Jesus as the payment for our sins. The best part is that as we seek Him, we become more like HIm.  We become an active reflection of His grace and mercy to the world.

Instead of our third general order being about reporting violations, I want it to reflect my personal desire to always run to Him. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” I memorized this verse soon after becoming a Christ follower. Over the coming weeks, I am going to dissect it into two or three parts.

As for today’s Pit Time, take a moment to confess areas where you may not be seeking Him first.