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Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Strive Spiritual Gifts

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

Good Morning!  We have made it half way into the week on the week before Christmas!


This morning I’m reminded of the need to learn more Bible verses.  Why?  Often, we know the verses, but don’t know where they came from.  In these cases we can’t specifically direct others on where to find the promises of God.  Saying “read this” while handing someone the Bible can be a little overwhelming.  Sometimes we become unsure if the verse is in the Bible because it is so familiar.  It is also helpful to know the context of the verse.  Then you can explain the setting.  Another reason is it’s good to use God’s word when praying.  Jesus is the best example of this.  When he was tempted by Satan, he used God’s word.  Why wouldn’t we follow his example?  Finally, quoting scripture can be comforting to ourselves and others in times of trouble.

Today’s verse is found in Matthew 6:33.  It is one of the teachings of Christ.  What does it mean?  Above all else strive after God’s kingdom and his way of doing right.   When you do this, all things will be given to you.  Broken down even further, I believe God doesn’t want us to be distracted by worldly things.  Worldly things trap us financially and sometimes morally only for temporary happiness.  I have learned that the unhappiness associated with too much debt is far greater than the temporary happiness of whatever I thought I had to have at a particular moment.  I have also known people who sought after high wages, only to be trapped ethically, and forced to do things they didn’t believe in.


So, you might be thinking if you don’t think about a new car all the time, then God will provide it.  The verse says “all things shall be added unto you”.  I would say “yes” and “no”.  Let’s start with the “no”.  The things that will be added unto you are for basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter, and spiritual gifts, like wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (wonder and awe).  While this isn’t a new car, having these gifts may provide opportunities that lead to a new car.  Then again, if you are striving for Godly things, a new car is probably not on your radar.  You might say “but my car is in the shop and I don’t know how I’m going to get to work tomorrow.”  God doesn’t want us to worry about tomorrow.  In fact, Philippians 4:19 tells us that God will supply your needs.  So, plan and work for tomorrow, but live in today.   Focus on spiritual growth and being like God.  This type of growth will prepare you for all your tomorrows.

All the Bible verses that we are learning can be found in the Scripture Typer App under the group Hisperfecttiming.  Join me in learning scriptures and striving for spiritual gifts in our daily lives.  God bless you.



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