One of biggest weaknesses is that we often want to be the author of our own play, the play of our lives, in which we are the stars that we want to write the scripts for. We can do pretty good on our own for a while, and then when we encounter a problem that might be too big for us to handle, we holler for God to show up on “our” stage, on our cue. However, we quickly discover that he generally doesn’t oblige us at such times. Hmmm, I wonder why?
In the middle of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus helped his disciples to see how the universe really operates. The more that you grasp for the material things in life, the more in love you become with yourself and your own agenda, the less you are going to achieve and the less satisfied you will end up being.
Here is a better way: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33). Seeking God’s kingdom means seeing ourselves as God’s creation, placed here on earth for a mission, his mission. We are in his play, and he will let us know the role he needs us to play for him.
When we seek God’s righteousness means that we choose to value our forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ as our most precious possession. When we have that, everything else that God thinks we need will come flowing into our lives.