What is the one thing you think about the most?
Have you ever given this question a serious consideration? Just take a moment and think about it.
What is the one thing you think about the most? Is it the needs of your life or family? Where is our next meal coming? How are we going to pay our bills? How long will I keep my job? How can I improve my business? How can I get more customers? How can I improve my service? How well are my investments doing? Who will I elect the next time I vote? How will this current administration help or hurt my business? Are these the things that are on your mind, the questions that consume your thoughts more than anything else?
Here are some more questions that may be on our mind if you have children. What are my kids learning in school? Why won’t they listen to me? Where are they now? What kind of friends do they have? Are they drinking? Do my children love me? Are they on drugs? Do they smoke? Are they pregnant? What are they going to do when they leave home? What college are they going to attend? How am I going to pay for their education? How can I help them get well? Why does my child have cancer? Why does my child have autism? Why does my child have ADHD? Is my child gay? What have I done to make my child the way they are? What can I do to help them? Why did they marry that person? Why did my child die? Why did my child commit suicide?
Let’s be honest for once in our life, if only one of these questions can consume our thoughts and become the center or focus of our life, then we have no time to focus on God or His blessings.
Our lives are always a dance between success and the chase for our next success. Of our last failure and our next failure. A dance between problems that need to be solved, problems we cannot solve yet, and problems that are simply beyond our control. So now we can look back to our first question: What is the one thing you think about the most?
If you God is NOT the first and foremost thing that consumes your thoughts, then your life and the problems that come with living are the most important things for you and it is totally impossible to have a “God First” attitude. God cannot really be your God, He is only a sideline activity. Your real God is your life and its problems and whether we would like to admit it or not, our life and its problems have become our idol and the Devil has successfully hijacked our attention. This verse should be a wake up call for us, if we have allowed this form of deception to consume our thoughts.
Matthew 6: 21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Where do we really place our heart? It is where we keep our minds, and if our minds are consumed by the things of life, it cannot be consumed by the things of God. Our mind is the seat of our soul, so where we keep our mind focused upon the most, is our greatest treasure. It is the treasure of our heart. When the treasure of our heart are the needs and problems of life and living, then the treasure of our heart are the things of the flesh or mammon. We are creatures of the flesh who are born of the flesh so it’s natural for us to focus our lives on the flesh. Unless we have a strong relationship with God, it would be difficult to impossible to change our focus. This has been the single failure of modern Christian religion, it has failed to teach followers of God how to build a relationship with God by substituting obedience to God with obedience to the leadership of the church. The church has taught its believers to stay focused on the flesh instead of the things of the spirit.
Matthew 6: 25 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
The word “thought” in this verse is the Greek word merimnao. Literally it means: to be anxious for, to care for, to take thought of, and to be troubled with cares. This word “thought” is all about the focus or our mind. It is the thing we think about the most and the Word tells us that we shouldn’t be troubled or anxious about the things of life and living. We have no need to let our mind consume our thought with the things of living that God already knows we need.
Matthew 6: 30 “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
Faith is our problem, not the things of life and living. Modern religion does little to teach us how to build our faith in God. We are too consumed with pleasing the leadership of our church instead. Then, when we go home, we are too consumed with the problems of life staring us in our face. We have little faith because we have little or no relationship with the God we say we worship. That lack of relationship is directly due to our lack of understanding or recognizing the way the Holy Spirit works in our lives.
We have to return our focus to God before we can reduce the stress about our lives.
Matthew 6: 33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
What are the added things? The answers we need to solve the problems we have. Remember all of those questions of life and living at the beginning of this discourse? When we choose to build a relationship with God first, then we are seeking the things of God and His righteousness. We are learning how to build our faith in our heavenly Father, our Spiritual Dad. He is no longer an abstract, unknown, entity, living beyond the far reaches of heaven and the universe. He is becoming an ever present partner in life who we are able to turn for answers to every question and problem we face. Now we are able to take on each day without giving a thought to the future or regrets about the past.
Matthew 6: 34 “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.”
We have enough to think about each day. When God is our partner in life, we have no doubts about His love, His power, and His ability to deliver us from the evil we face at every turn of each day. If you want to learn how to build that relationship with God, then you will benefit from “Rules for Radical Christians: A Practical Primer for Defeating Radical Liberals at Their Own Game.” Why did I call it a “primer?” Because every relationship with God is individual and unique between God and His child. The book only presents the initial guide for starting and building your personal relationship according to the pattern given in His Word. In the end, God can and will become the focus of your mind and the seat of your soul. Then everything you do will be an act of worship and thanksgiving for the treasure of your life being stored in the Kingdom of God. The book is available at Barnes and Noble with the link below.