Sometimes I get so carried away in my blog that I wonder if people stop reading because they ask themselves ‘who is this girl giving advice?’ Fair question. I am a messy and broken 26 year old and I am not pretending to have it all together. I will be the first to admit that I don’t. So, if you don’t like what I have to say, you can take it up with the Big Guy upstairs cause I am starting this blog off straight from Scripture. Dig in with me.
Matthew 6:31-34: So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
To break it down: Jesus is saying that pagans, people who do not know God, worry about things that haven’t even happened yet. BUT for those who know Him, do not have to grasp at wordly things because those who know Him, are heirs to His Kingdom. Meaning, you will inherit everything God has, which is, everything.
Revert back to what is in bold. It says ‘first.’ DO THAT FIRST. It is a command. Once you seek Him fully, then you will inherit everything. Jesus doesn’t say ‘I will give you everything you ask for while you continue living however the heck you want to.’ He goes on to talk about not worrying about tomorrow. There is so much that can go wrong in doing that. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great to plan for the future and look forward to things that you have planned for the next day or a year from now. But what He is saying is do not worry about what you do not have right now that you focus so much on that one thing that you stop focusing on what you do have right now. As followers of Christ, we don’t have to worry about tomorrow because we trust in Who holds our today.
So many of us live in the future, while others of us live in the past. Both are equally as dangerous. Living in the past can lead to sabotaging relationships because you’re worried about things that haven’t even happened yet but have affected you in the past. This leads to you automatically assuming what has happened in the past will happen again. Living in the future brings hope in the present that also hasn’t happened yet or something that may never will and that leads to an anxious heart.
Jesus is good at comforting and challenging us and He shifts gears to remind us to focus so much on bettering ourselves that we should have no time to judge someone else. He begs you to not worry about what you do not have, focusing so much on other people, that you lose sight of His calling for you. For me, if I waited to blog until I was married because my heart desires that and I envy other people who have that, I could be waiting years and miss out on blessing people with a gift He has entrusted in me. So, He tells you to live your life now, knowing you’re the total package and do not waste your time judging others. What do I mean by judging other people? I’ll give you an example: I am single and sometimes hate hearing that there is going to be a series at church on relationships. I see people who are married and think, ‘that person is married and clearly I am not, and there’s no way she is more ready than I am.’ Well, I need to check myself before I wreck myself. First, just because someone is married doesn’t mean they have it all together. And just because I am single doesn’t mean I am missing out. Whatever He entrusts in someone is a packaged deal; both the good and the bad of that person’s life. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in someone’s highlight reel (thank you social media) that we forget He gave us a different life because He knows better.
God knows what we need. If we align our hearts with His, we don’t have to feel like we are chasing after unicorns and Bigfoot (an unrealistic reality). He warns us that each day is going to have its own troubles, but He knows what is best for you. When you commit your life to Him, He has your life in the palm of His hand. He has a calling for your life. That is true whether you are a pastor, stay at home momma, lawyer, CEO, artist. Do you think God can only move in your life if you have a microphone in your hand? He also isn’t just looking to move in your life in big victories. What I mean is we can get so wrapped up in the idea of a miracle happening through us, which is just our pride getting in the way, that we can miss out on what God is trying to do. God cannot do big things in your life if you’re not willing to do the small things first. Call that friend that hurt you to tell them they are forgiven. Take the trash out for your roommate even though he/she never does it. It’s in the little things that God will then entrust you with the big things.
Matthew 7: 1-8: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Jesus is calling us out. If we see a spec in someone’s eye, we are close enough to them to be able to see their “crazy” but we keep them at a distance from seeing what is in our eyes. Why? Because we don’t want to be called out. It’s easier to call someone out on their mistakes, on what we think they are missing, than look at ourselves in the mirror. On a side note, I heard a pastor preach that a good dating question would be “So, what kind of crazy are you?” He said this because we are all messy and flawed. He called it crazy, I prefer redeemed.
Jesus goes even further in Matthew to say not to throw your pearls at pigs. WOAH. He is begging us to know our worth. Do not allow a pagan or in this sense, a ‘pig’ to take away His vision for your life.
And, my favorite part of this chapter: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Ask Him. Beg Him. Cry to Him. You are a heir to His kingdom and what is His, is yours. But we have work to do. Don’t stop asking Him! Don’t stop begging Him! He delights in your asking. What requires asking? Prayer. Engagement. Conversation. He is calling you into relationship with Him, to be intimate with Him, so He can provide for you.
What are you focusing on in your life? Whatever we choose to magnify is what consumes our thoughts and our hearts. Jesus has no problem calling us out because He wants us to get to a place where we can look ourselves in the mirror and ask, ‘Lord, what are you teaching me? What can I change about who I am?’ If you want to make the world a better place, you must first start with yourself. You cannot treat people like garbage and worship Jesus at the same time. It doesn’t work that way. If you don’t treat people well, it’s because you haven’t accepted God’s acceptance of you. The way someone treats you is a direct reflection of how they feel about how God sees them. If we haven’t received His love for us freely, how can we love others that way? These chapters challenge us to be in an intimate relationship with God so that He can change our hearts to love how He loves, to fulfill out the calling He has for us today, and to realize that He is the only One who has everything we need.
I pray this has blessed you. I’d love to hear from you.. send me a direct message or comment below.
With Grace and Love,