Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:33-34).
This is difficult for some to grasp, because they are so used to trying to get ahead or trying to get all they can get. They fail to understand that God needs to be in their lives.
Many people “go to church” but fail to see the importance of truly getting to know God. If a person puts God first in their life, they have to know why. A study of the Bible is the only way to find this out. That means spending time in the word, not just listening to what a preacher says on Sunday or what Mother thinks about religion.
A study of the word opens the eyes to the importance of the soul, and how much God loves man. An open-hearted study will lead one to want to put God first in their life and stimulate the desire to live for him each day.
Jesus’ statement tells us to put God first in our lives and not to concentrate all our being on the physical things of this life. God’s word is full of ways for man to have a better life.
We need to believe God. Put him first in all we do, care for our families and provide for them, but do not let the physical things get in the way of our service and devotion to God. How terrible it is when men and women work and work to gain more and forget who blessed them with the health, strength and mind to accomplish it all. This kind of thinking was seen throughout the Old Testament as people, even God’s people the Israelites, forgot who was in charge.
We especially need to believe God when it comes to our salvation. There are some hard things to understand in the Bible, but how to be saved is not one of them. God tells us how to be saved.
We find that those who followed Jesus had to believe that he was the son of God, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins, for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).
In another passage, the Holy Scriptures tell again of the importance of faith. But without faith, it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
Some would stop here, but God’s word tells that there is more to be done. God commands that we repent of our sins. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30).
Why is it so hard to believe God? We are to have faith in Jesus as the son of God, repent of our sins and confess the name of Christ as the son of God. “…And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God’” (Acts 8:38).
The next thing we see through God’s word is that we are to be baptized for the remission of our sins. “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, …” (Acts 2:38).
If this passage is not plain enough, Peter makes it even plainer: “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 3:21).
We all need to trust in God for the blessings of this life and the blessing of salvation given to man by God.