We are born into a world where personal accomplishments define who we are. You see, the world system places high value on those with money, fame, achievements, education, influence. Even how we look often affects our upward mobility. Many believers are even driven by wealth and status. None of these things is of significance to our God.
As I mentioned in “A Vision of the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness,” when I first became a born again Christian, the Lord spoke to my heart, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) I have never been moved by people with wealth or status, nor have I ever been a respecter of persons, but as I mentioned in the earlier blog, I had no clue what Matthew 6:33 meant as a young Christian. Yet, in my zeal, I felt that I had to do something, so I worked at seeking the kingdom and his righteousness. I continued to hit brick walls until I placed my focus on Jesus and not on works!
Now, as I seek to walk out Matthew 6:33, I also take solace in other scriptures in my prayer and devotional times.
Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalm 46:10)
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing . . . (Psalm 23)
The Lord is my light and my salvation, . . . (Psalm 27)
Here is what I realize more and more each day:
1. The more I sit before the Lord, the more I want to remain in his Presence.
2. The more I sit before and focus on the Lord, the more I discern what I need to know.
3. The more I sit before the Lord in communication (a two-way dialogue), meditate on God’s Word, inspired by Holy Spirit, the more I realize that God is all I need.
4. The more I sit before the Lord, the less I strive.
5. The more I sit before the Lord, the more “all these things will be given to you” takes a back seat to, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.”
It is and has been the best of times with the Lord. Plus, I am learning more about what is on his heart; I am learning more about what I am to do in the here and now. And now, my friends, I just want to sit at the feet of Jesus. I just want to dwell in his Presence.
Psalm 27:4 states: One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
There is so much that will be revealed as we just sit at the feet of Jesus, my friends! How about it? Join me.
Exodus 33:15 Then he said to Him, “If your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.
Exodus 33:14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”