November 24, 2007
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Almost every person you meet in life is searching.
Some of us are searching for truth; others search for friendship and love. Some people are searching for a good meal, a dry place to sleep, or a good job. I can understand the motivation for those kinds of searches.
But I shake my head in sadness when I hear that a man on the Lancaster golf course, near Fort Worth, Texas, drowned while he was diving to reclaim used golf balls. I feel sorry for the 42-year-old man in Connecticut who dodged and dashed across six lanes of traffic, only to be killed by an oncoming car.
What search would be so important that a man is willing to risk his life? Well, that man was searching for his hat.
The point of our little talk today is merely to say, "Make sure that your life's search is worthwhile." Don't spend your days looking for things that are meaningless or of little consequence.
As I look at the story of Jesus’ life, I am impressed at how He was absolutely faithful to the seeking of our salvation. He never forgot; He never wavered in His sacrificial work. Now, He encourages us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
I’ve known some people who followed the Savior’s advice. They may not have changed the history of the world, but they did leave their neighborhoods happier, their workplace friendlier, and their homes cheerier.
By the Holy Spirit’s power their search was worthwhile. And I think if each of us spends our lives like they did, when death comes, we’ll be able to leave this world with a smile and a feeling of accomplishment.
So, dear reader or listener, God bless you in your searching. May Jesus be with you in the beginning, the middle, and the end.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, make Your priorities my priorities. Send Your Holy Spirit so my search may be a blessing to others, satisfying to me, and above all, give honor to my Savior. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries