Reflections on the Word: What’s on your to do list?
October 9, 2016
I confess, the recent television commercial words, "What's in your wallet?" inspired my question. I have the Lord in my spiritual wallet (my heart) thank you.
Jesus' injunction, words from His very mouth, lead us into what I'd like us to consider this day and each and every day. "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and worldly possessions. Don't worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don't need to plant or harvest because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't He more surely care for you? So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the non-believers who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. (Excerpts from Matt. 6:24-34)
I'm thinking I need to do something I've wanted to do for years and haven't got around to it – make a pad of pre-printed "To Do" lists. The first item would already be filled out with a number one and the words "Seek first the kingdom of God and His rightness." I would have it next to me in my quiet time with the Lord while He leads me into my day. How do you start your day? When I find a Scripture that speaks to me, I write it in my own words. I like to let God "name it" and then I "claim it." Psalm 118:24 sets me off. "This is the day the Lord has made. I choose to rejoice and be glad in it."
To dwell on material things is to be in constant mental turmoil. Looking down, we see the earth; looking around, we see earthly things. But looking up, we can see the blessings of living here in the Kingdom of our Lord.
If we think we will ever have a time in our lives without fear, we are sadly mistaken. We will feel fear in our lives until we are no longer in this earthly shell. Fear is the number one tool that Satan uses against God's people to keep them from their God-ordained destiny.
A great old hymn comes to my mind for those who make it their business to "seek first the kingdom." Hear those great words again, "This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought." Following Jesus' request, the author declares, "This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise, (they don't have a worry) the morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker's praise. This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair. O let me ne'er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet."
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Pastor Bill Baltz is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers' Association.