Seek First His Kingdom

I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus once told his disciples, “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” He was not saying that food is not important. He is not saying that having clothing for your body is not important. The problem is that seeking food because we are hungry and clothing because we are naked does not in any way set us apart from the worldly pagan down the street. Everyone wants food. Everyone wants clothing. This does not diminish our real need for either of them. It just means that these things are not our greatest need.

Jesus reminded His disciples and will remind us again today that our greatest need is the kingdom of God and His righteousness. If we will seek first the kingdom then all these things, food for our bellies and clothes for our bodies, will also be given.

As Christians, the food that we seek after is Jesus Himself, the bread of life. As the people of God, the clothing that is most important to us is the robe of righteousness that makes us His special children. If the Triune God has freely given us this day the bread of His beloved Son and the precious robe of His righteousness, will He not also give us our daily bread and a daily covering?

As we gather together on this Lord’s Day, let us seek first the most important things. If we will do that, the end result will not be merely bread and clothes, but joyful tables and a beautiful countenance. AMEN.

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