31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:31-34; NKJV)
But Daniel purposed in his heart… (Daniel 1:8; NKJV)
There are couple of thoughts rattling around in my head this morning. One points to Jesus and His teaching in Matthew and Luke (12:31) regarding worry and the importance of choosing Him. The second points to Daniel and his example as a man (child of God) who above all else chose God and purposed in his heart to do what God required of him.
There is a prayer I often pray, especially when I am struggling with something in my life and/or I am talking to God about the man I need to be and calling on Him to help me be that man. It has to do with purpose. It has to do with putting things into perspective. It deals with focusing on what is important and working on what really matters.
My prayer: “God and Father in Heaven, please help me to be the man you have called me to be…to be a good husband, father, brother in Christ, and evangelist of the truth. Please help me to make Your work my most important work. Please ground me in Your love which never fails so that I will be filled up with Your love for others and be a blessing to them as You have called me to be and serve in the kingdom with the talents, abilities and experiences You have blessed me with. Amen”
Disciple–Husband–Father–Brother–Evangelist. That is what I want to be focused on. What is not in that list are all the other things that can get in the way…my job, my health and fitness, my “stuff”, etc. Don’t get me wrong, there are other things that are important in life and things to be enjoyed…but they are not the most important (see 1 Cor 15:3-4) and Jesus doesn’t want me worrying about them.
He wants me to seek Him first and to purpose in my heart to be faithful and be working on what matters. He wants that for you too and as we focus on Him, our families, our brethren and sharing the gospel with lost souls…we will feel purposeful and the worries of the day will be eclipsed by the promise and every spiritual blessing of Jesus. May He fill you up and lift you up in the life and purpose you are blessed to live.