Last week I wrote about our purpose in life. Wouldn’t it be different if that purpose, relationship with God, was our focus? Jesus in Matthew chapter 6 tells us not to worry about our lives, what we will eat or drink, or what we will wear, but to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness. He tells us to trust God to take care of food, drink and clothing. I believe that Jesus is telling us that we can focus on our original purpose and trust his provision for the rest. It sounds like a pretty stress free life with a single focus, God.
Maybe, if we centered our concerns on the relational things like following the Ten Commandments or just follow Jesus’ shorter version, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and your neighbor as yourself, we’d find this life more simple and stress free. We could actually live focused on a loving relationship with God. However, I must be missing something, for I find it very difficult to keep my eyes on God. It seems every Christian I’ve met has a similar struggle. What is the problem?
If you answered sin, I’m in full agreement with you. We still have a sinful nature, and we live in a sinful, fallen world. Sin separates us from God. My relationship with him is constantly hindered by the things of this world. I find it challenging to keep focused on God. God’s kingdom and his righteousness are surely in my heart, but I’m constantly distracted by other desires and concerns.
I doubt that Jesus expected all striving on the earth to end when he spoke the words found in Matthew chapter 6. The word “seek” then must be the key. Ah, this is a quest. My relationship with God builds as I seek him. Even though I am haggard by so many distractions, I return time and time again to the ultimate goal, my relationship with him. Jesus said seek and you will find. I am therefore encouraged to continue on, not deterred, but ever seeking. I so much want to overcome and be in constant close relationship with my heavenly father. I know that he wants a close relationship with me, so I am always sure that I can count on his help.