What consumes our passions and lives?

STRENGTH FOR TODAY - Dr. Harold J. Sala (The Philippine Star) - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

In space there is no east or west, north or south. There isn’t even an up or down. Scientists came up with a solution by installing four gyroscopes, which work in concert to provide stability for the powerful Hubble telescope. Among many other things, gyroscopes are used to keep high-speed monorail trains straight and keep them from leaning as they go around curves.

Keeping your focus enables you to keep your sanity in this mad world. It means you have a point of reference that gives you guidance in life.

But have we gotten it all wrong and are misled by thinking that the most powerful or the most beautiful belongs at the top? When Jesus urged His followers to seek first His kingdom He meant that they should search and seek for something they once had but lost. He is saying that when humankind turned their backs on God and went their own direction, they lost His guidance, which needs to be rediscovered.

What consumes our lives and passions? Three general forces: money, fame and power. And Jesus is saying, “I want to be first, and when your focus is on Me, I’ll take care of all your needs in life.”

What Jesus stressed long ago is just as true today. He is saying you must prioritize your life, your time, your value system and your relationships. Having a spiritual dimension to your life doesn’t mean you neglect your family and run to church every day, or neglect your business. It is a conscious decision to make God your senior partner and Jesus Christ the Lord of your life.

God knows the end from the beginning. You don’t. He sees far beyond the fog that obscures your vision. That’s why focus means God can direct your life and you will keep your sanity in a mad, mad world.

Used with permission from Guidelines International Ministries. To learn more about Guidelines and the ministry, send an e-mail to info@guidelines.org. You may also visit www.guidelines.org.

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