If we are to seek first the Kingdom, we must first seek the King. What is his desire? That all me should be saved. What is he doing? Preparing a place for his own. What makes his heart beat more than the breath of his word in power, in love to set free the captive.
Breaking out of the mold that we have made for ourselves is necessary. To seek the Kingdom before our own desires and tradition is not natural, which is why this must start early and continue throughout the day.
Who does the Lord love, and what has he done to show that love? It has been said that one would do anything for love, and Jesus did exactly everything. He laid aside his eternal glory and, “being found in the likeness of man, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied himself. … became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” In that emptying of himself, he didn’t make use of his God nature to remove himself from the cross, to take vengeance on his oppressors, to change the hearts of his haters, or to convert masses from their background of pharisee-ism, thievery, imperialism, or their varying objects of worship. Jesus simply showed the kindness of God, making known the will of the father, although many followed him as a celebrity rather than their savior.
Life apart from Christ is death. The only true life is found in Jesus Christ, the only savior of the world and all mankind.
What does it look like to be Jesus to this world and to mankind? What did Jesus’ life look like on earth? He fasted, prayed, called his disciples to himself, taught them among others, then sent them out.
Leave a comment with your input: what are the metrics we can use to measure our successfulness in living out the life of the Savior?