Hey family, how are you doing? Hope you are well and are not too overwhelmed by the world’s uncertainties and so on. It can be really daunting when you think about what is happening now, and if like me, you are probably wondering if things will ever go back to the way they were or go back to normal. But what is normal? I believe there is a shift happening in this period and we need to align ourselves with what God Is doing. We need to ask for foresight so we can see beyond our natural eyes, we need to hear right so that we don’t miss what God is saying in this season. Today I just really want to encourage you to fix your gaze on Jesus and live entirely for him.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
This scripture has never been so alive to me as it is today! where are you storing up your treasures? Why are you doing the things you are doing? What are you chasing after? When you continue to read to verses 20-21 Jesus tells us where, we should lay up our treasure and why:
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
You will see here that Jesus admonishes us to store our treasures in heaven for where our treasure is, our heart is there also! Are our hearts fixated on the things of heaven or are we storing up treasures on the earth?! Are we concerned about the things of heaven and our Father or are we concerned about making it big in this world?! It is easy to get carried away with the things of this world and get distracted, it is easy to fall in the trap of chasing after the things of this world and lose focus on what is important.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
It is easy for us to get swamped with the worries of this world, what we will eat, drink, wear, I mean they seem reasonable – right? But Jesus said do not worry about these things, don’t let these things consume you, don’t drown yourself in these things but trust God enough to provide the things you need, He is our father and He knows we need them! Instead, let us seek the kingdom and His righteousness FIRST– this is a keyword because it’s not that we are not seeking the kingdom and His righteousness, it’s just that many of us are not doing that FIRST. Is God first on your agenda? Is it your agenda or His Agenda? Do you consult him first before you make a decision about anything? One statement I always make is I don’t have a schedule, God is my schedule! A lot of us just slot God in our busy schedule to fulfil our religious act and tick a box. For some of us, God is like an app we use when we need to. Brothers and sisters let us not fixate ourselves on things that will perish, let us not live as though this is where it all starts and ends! Let us not forget that our Lord Jesus is coming back for His Bride.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
I just really want to encourage us to set our hearts on things above, it is time for us to be awake and align ourselves with Gods agenda. Let these uncertain times draw you closer to God and question some of your priorities. When eventually our time comes to go be with our father, would we say we fought a good fight of faith? Would it all be worth it? will our Lord Jesus say to us, well done good and faithful servant? As long as you are still here, It Is not too late to live fully and truly for him. At the end of the day, He is the only one that really matters.
With love always
Lisa Maxwell – be blessed and be a blessing.