It’s kind of amazing for me to think that this is last day of 2012. This time of year has always been a time to look back at the past. You see this in the news articles and TV shows on the year in review. This is also a time where we begin to look forward. This time of year we begin to look ahead at the things that we want or need to change in the coming year. After we think about the things we want to change we “resolve” to follow through on the changes.
Most of us have made resolutions or set goals of things we want to accomplish in 2013. It is probably engrained into our lives to think about these things at this time of year. As I thought about this I did some research and found the ten most common New Year’s resolutions that Americans make.
Spend more time with family and friends.
Get in shape.
Enjoy life more.
Get out of debt.
Learn something new.
Chances are some of these are familiar to many of us. As I read these there was one thing that really stood out to me. The most common resolutions that are made every year are totally God free. They are all focused on physical things and none were focused on spiritual things. This really got me to thinking. If we are going to set goals of what we want to accomplish next year, or if we are going to resolve to make changes in our lives, shouldn’t we have spiritual goals and spiritual resolutions as well as physical one? Of course we should.
This week we are going to look at a verse that teaches us what our main spiritual goal or resolution should be.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
The Sermon on the Mount is the longest recorded sermon of Jesus. It begins with Jesus going up on the mountain, setting down and His disciples coming to listen to what He had to say. Setting down to teach was the common and authoritative posture for the rabbi’s of Jesus’ day. By doing this Jesus was demonstrating to His disciples that what He was about to say was very important.
One of the keys to really understanding the Sermon on the Mount is to recognize that Jesus was primarily talking to His disciples. In this sermon Jesus lays out what it means to be His follower. The idea is that those who have committed themselves to Jesus will do the things laid out in the Sermon on the Mount because they have committed themselves to Jesus.
In this passage Jesus calls on His followers to settle the question about what will be the main priority in their lives. According to Jesus the main priority in our lives should be the Kingdom of God. There is a lot that goes into the meaning of the Kingdom of God. The most basic understanding of the Kingdom of God is the place of God’s rule. It is the place where God’s will is always done. It’s always done the way He wants it done and when He wants it done.
So what we are to seek first is for God’s will to be done. To put this in terms of setting spiritual goals and resolutions and seeking Jesus what we need to do is Seek Jesus’ rule in our lives. If we are going to set spiritual goals and resolutions then the main one we all need to set, is to seek to ensure that Jesus rules in every area of my life. The blog posts this week will focus on ways to seek Jesus’ rule in our lives.
What does it mean to you to seek Jesus’ rule in your life? What part of your life is it hardest for you to let Jesus rule?