Matthew – Fulfilled
As I write this, a family member is fighting an illness that might take his life. His wife is sitting with him, watching over him. The doctors are doing everything they can. These people are precious to us. We are praying God’s best for this situation. We know He will help bring them through this with comfort and peace. My thoughts return to the recent passing of my dad after a few years of caring for him in our home. I also know what it is like to watch an illness of your spouse take away the physical strength they once had. All of Life is precious and is in God’s hands. Always. Jesus is Life. He came to show us real Life. Pursue Him first and we will have Life here now and later with Him in our forever home.
This next passage is tough for us today. Or is it? What Jesus is telling the follower who would like to go bury his father BEFORE following Jesus is that NOTHING comes before God. FIRST things first. God is first. Jesus is Life. Your business, your livelihood, is LIFE in the Person of Jesus Christ. Do we think He will not take care of the rest?
I once heard Elizabeth Eliott, a well-known missionary dedicated to follow God first. Her husband was killed on the field, yet she remained on the field. She had children to think about and prayed over them. She relates, “God spoke to my aching heart and said to me, ‘Keep pursuing what is precious to Me and I will take care of what is precious to you.'” I have never forgotten that message from God to this missionary who was torn between Life and death. Pursue Life with Jesus FIRST and He will take care of you, your loved ones and all that is precious to you better than you could have done it yourself. Pursue LIFE.
Matthew 8, The Message
Your Business Is Life, Not Death
18-19 When Jesus saw that a curious crowd was growing by the minute, he told his disciples to get him out of there to the other side of the lake. As they left, a religion scholar asked if he could go along. “I’ll go with you, wherever,” he said.
20 Jesus was curt: “Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.”
21 Another follower said, “Master, excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have my father’s funeral to take care of.”
22 Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life.”
Dear Heavenly Father, We are yours. We will go where and when you call. We will stay when we are told to stay. Our desire to follow you. Our desire is Life with You, in You. Holy Spirit you are welcome to lead our hearts, minds and souls and guide our every thought and action. Help us to know Life, pursue Life and live it to the full. In Jesus Name, Amen
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV