1. Bainespal says:

    A truly great post.  That question “Where do you want to go?” is terrifying.
    Seeking the Kingdom of God is certainly good, and that should be sufficient.  But that doesn’t tell us what to do or where to go.  It gives a goal, but I feel that there is no good advice as to how to achieve that goal, not without referencing other unachieved goals.  It is a destination without a map.  Or maybe it is more like a compass, but the compass gives you no help or even advice about how to climb over the hills circumvent the precipices in your path.

    • You are right, Bainespal, Christ’s encouragement to “seek first the kingdom” does not offer a step-by-step guide to a happy and satisfied life. In fact, we see from the disciples that often life in pursuit of the kingdom is anything BUT a bed of roses. If you are looking for God’s road map for you life, you will only find it by feeding the Spirit through time in His Word.

      I believe, however, that Christ’s commendation is intended to be a litmus test for the heart. Why are you doing what you are doing is more important than what you do. Christianity is all about what is happening within us, and has nothing to do with the externals of living.

      For some, seeking the kingdom will be a daily sacrifice of missionary work in a foreign field. To others, a daily scattering of the seeds of faith upon the stony soil of co-workers hearts. Or perhaps your life’s ambitions are to write a novel. If that is the case, do it to the glory of the Lord. Commit that work to Him and see what he would chose to do through your work. How might that story that is burning inside of you be used for his glory?

      The point is purpose is never found in WHAT we do, but WHY we do it. I believe Maya, in the film, lost an understanding of who she was and WHY she was in pursuit of Osama. When at last the foe was dead, she had nothing left because she had wrapped her entire existence into that one task – the act of the manhunt.

      There is a second verse that may help us in this. It comes from Colossians 3:17 and reads, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

      This means that the walk of faith that you must take every day is one that can bring satisfaction and glory to God if you chose to make it so. When you do, you will not be left empty handed. Paul himself felt a tremendous amount of satisfaction as his journey in this life ended with his execution. He writes in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith…” He felt complete and whole and would have no trouble answering the question of “Where do you want to go?” at the end of his journey.

      “To the Kingdom!” was his cry. His purpose was tied up in Christ’s kingdom, not earthly pursuits.

  2. Sherwood Smith says:

    What a terrific post. It resonated to the last period. Thank you!

  3. Excellent post, Chris.
    It’s true that Christ gave no step-by-step instructions for “seeking the Kingdom of God,” because, I believe, those steps are different for every individual. As you suggested, if it’s His kingdom that we truly seek, we’ll only find it by following Him. This requires a continual process of choosing His ways and values and loves and truths instead of the world’s–and instead of our own. Many crossroads, many choices, many opportunities to swerve off the path. But He’s always there calling us back when we let go of the things we’ve grabbed instead and turn back to Him.
    Interesting that you saw a correlation between the Christian walk and Maya’s journey. Good stuff!

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