Jesus continued, saying; Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life?
Matthew 6:25-27 (Amplified Bible)
The simple key to aligning with the King in this season is not to pray any special prayers or make any grand financial sacrifice; it is to let your purpose to take over your priorities because your priorities determine the outcome of your year and, to be honest, your lives. For a Christian, a truly successful life is one in which the purpose God created you for is fulfilled. It is impossible to give yourself to anything and everything that comes your way and still achieve a successful life. We must prioritise the kingdom when it comes to our time, our resources, our energy, our relationships, and even our faith!
Do you know that human needs are the basis of all man-made religions? All human attempts to reach God revolve around two interconnected things: survival and self-worth. Abraham Maslow developed a hierarchy of needs in humans that greatly influence how we prioritise our lives. The first bottom two stages, which are the most crucial, revolve around survival. The top 3 revolve around the things from which we derive self-worth. So since these needs influence the way we live, they most certainly influence the way we relate with God. This is how and why both the ancient Israeli kingdom and contemporary Christianity often move from Kingdom to Religion.
Jesus continued, saying; “So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require? So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.”
Matthew 6:31-33 (The Passion Translation)
Jesus turned the hierarchy of needs upside down for us; He calls us to prioritise God’s Kingdom plan and being rightly aligned with the King above all else, and then all things related to our survival and self-worth would be provided to us by Him. Righteousness is a free gift given by our King, Jesus Christ. We are rightly aligned when we put our faith in the perfect work of His death, burial and resurrection. Dear friend, if you want to experience all of God’s Precious Promises for this season; it has to be by Grace. Don’t let your hustle rob you of your purpose.
- What would you be doing for God’s Kingdom, if all your needs were taken care of?
- Take steps towards that ‘thing’.
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