Friday, January 3, 2014

Setting New Year's Goals - January 3, 2014


Matthew 6:25;33-34 (New International Reader's Version)25 "I tell you, do not worry. Don't worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don't worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn't there more to life than eating? Aren't there more important things for the body than clothes?

33 "But put God's kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all of those things will also be given to you. 34 "So don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Easier said than done! As we look forward to a new year, set our goals, and make our plans, we tend to worry about what a new year will bring; taxes, job changes, personal issues, struggles of all kinds. It is very hard not to worry, when you add to that everything that is going on in the world around us; runaway government spending, Obamacare, ballooning national debt, crime, hunger, terror plots, and so much more.

These statements were made by Jesus, shortly after he began his ministry around 30AD. He was spending his time traveling throughout a region North and West of the Sea of Galilee, which is in modern day Israel, teaching in synagogues, gathering his disciples, and healing people of many kinds of illness and sickness. It is part of what has become known as The Sermon on the Mount(Matthew 4-7). The Sermon is a compilation of the moral teachings of Jesus and addresses God's perspective on the needs of the people. Here he specifically addresses what our response needs to be to the "worries of this life".

Jesus is very clear here on where our priorities need to be when we face worry, personal needs and struggles, and the future. Our focus needs to be on God, seeking Him in all the decisions that we have to make. Making Him top priority in our lives. The best part about his statement is His promise take care of all the things that worry you. We just have to make sure that we are following His will.

What struggles are you facing as you look towards this new year? What do you need to turn over to a loving Father that is concerned about carrying your burdens and troubles? Put God first this year, and the rest will work itself out.

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