Life with Purpose

Day 1 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

 Seek The Kingdom 


Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 


Some of us think success is the gaining of fame or prosperity, but that’s not always the case for most of us anyway. 


In the 1980s, US Senator Mark Hatfield toured Calcutta with Mother Teresa and visited the so- called House of Dying, where sick children were cared for in their last days, and the dispensary, where the poor line up to receive medical attention. Watching Mother Teresa minister to these people, Mark Hatfield was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the suffering she and her co-workers faced daily. ‘How can you bear the load without being crushed by it?’ he asked. Mother Teresa replied, ‘My dear Senator, I am not called to be successful, I am called to be faithful’. This saint knew what success was – in giving her life for the poor of India. 


Matthew 6:33 in the New Testament says, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you, too’. When you put God and His kingdom first, amazing things happen. Your focus moves away from self to others. 


You want to be linked to the greatest mission of all: to share God’s love through Jesus Christ with others.


Written by Chris Witts