19 September 2011

ON SEEKING: Seek First...

For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.
… a time to seek, a time to lose; a time to keep, a time to cast away.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,6


Seek First...

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

This world offers many things.  Usually, we only find and acquire good things if we look for them.  Bad things seem to have a way of finding us, but the really good stuff, we have to find it.

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught that salvation is the first (most important) thing we need to find.  How does one find salvation?  Actually, salvation is a gift available to everyone.  To receive this great gift, one must believe in Jesus, and confess their sins and repent (turn from them, change their walk, life style).  Romans 10:9-10 states it this way, “… if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”  Then we will be cleansed from our sins and righteous in God’s sight.  All this is only possible because of the power in the blood of Jesus, which he shed on the cross.

At the very last moment of your life, it is not going to matter how much money you earned, if you have the most or the biggest toys / possessions, how many degrees you earned in college, how many grandmothers you helped cross the street, how much money you put into the collection plate or warmed the spot on the pew, or how many meals you served at the homeless shelter, or any other “good deeds” done.  Nope, not one of these things will matter.  Only one thing and this alone:  whether or not your name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life; if you’ve accepted Jesus to be your personal savior.  Jesus told his disciples, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” [John 16:6] 

“But how do I find Jesus,” you ask.  Well, here’s the good thing.  You don’t have to physically look for Him.  He is one of the few good things that actually come to you.  Wherever you are, just reach up, and He’ll meet you there.  Just speak, even in a whisper He will hear you; ask Him to come into your heart, confess your sins and ask Him to forgive you.  That’s all you have to do.  Then, start reading your Bible to learn more about Him and get to really know Him.

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