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Excerpt from Pastor Parsons' article: Check In with God before You Check In with the World

 

Check in with God before You Check in with The World

 

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

(Matthew 6:31-34)

 

            Take a moment and think about your morning routine. What do you do when you wake up? In your regular habits, how long do you make it before you check in to see what’s happening in the world? For those of you with smart phones and ipads, the world is right there, at your fingertips. Do you log into social media to see what new things happened since you turned off your phone only a few short hours before? Do you open your news or weather app to see what you will face today?

            I know, I know. Some of you don’t have a smart phone and

don’t roll over to boot up your computer right when you wake up. That’s what the radio and news channels are for! As we hear about the events of our world or check social media to see what friends are doing, we often find ourselves thinking about many things that are outside of our control. This can easily lead to worrying about things that we can rarely change.

            In the reading above, Jesus addresses some who risk putting too much stock and thought in the events of the day, even regular, every-day things. “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” He isn’t saying that we shouldn’t focus on such things. Rather, he wants us to make sure we get our priorities in line. For the most part, we probably don’t have to worry too much about the answers to these questions. But what about bigger ones?

            Is my illness going to clear up? What new hoop are we going to have to jump through because of people’s reaction to Coronavirus? What’s going to happen to our nation? Again, it’s not a bad thing to wonder about such things. But putting too much focus on them is. How often do we lose a sense of peace because we start fretting about the effects of Coronavirus or about our new president and his cabinet?

            How often does fear of what we think is coming drive our own actions, even to the point that it is a detriment to our faith? We need to reprioritize. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.” Jesus tells us that when we worry, it’s because our focus is in the wrong place. Our faith is in the wrong thing, in something that cannot save or last. Rather than looking for peace in a world filled with sin, seek first God’s kingdom. Turn first to God.

            “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Do not let fear of earthly matters distract you so much or drive your own thoughts and actions so much that you lose sight of what Jesus has done for you. He has prepared the way for you to enter into the Kingdom of God, and as a believer, you are in that Kingdom. The effects of sin that we see in this world around us cannot touch the Kingdom of God. They cannot undo what Christ has done.

            So, don’t let them. When you turn on the news, do so with God leading the way. This is easiest done if you spend time in his Word. First thing in the morning, don’t run to your phone or TV to see what’s happening in the world. First, pray. Here’s an example for you: “God, keep me in your light. Thank you for bringing me into your Kingdom. Let my faith in you overshadow all the events of this world so that the peace I have in you will never be diminished. Amen”

            Then spend some time, even if it’s only a few minutes, reading a devotion based in God’s Word. Check in with God before you check in with the world. After seeking first his Kingdom you will be prepared to venture into this world. May God give you his peace that endures to eternity and help you to view all the events of this world through the lens of that peace, with Christ first and foremost in your thoughts. Amen

 

                                                                                                In Christian love,

                                                                                          Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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