The Christian’s Top Priority

(Matthew 6:30-34)

 

Introduction:

   * Matt. 6:33 - Imagine the church if we did this regularly in attendance, evangelism, and giving!

   * Who makes the demand, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God?” – Mt. 4:23-5:2

   * Does He have the right? He’s our Creator (Jn. 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-16; Rom. 9:21) & Savior (Mt. 1:21; Jn. 17:2; Mt. 28:18).

   * We must obey Him (Luke 6:46; Luke 9:23).

 

1. Seek.

   * Zeteo (Gk.) – Stresses continuous activity. (Mt. 7:7).

   * Must prioritize God’s interests, not ours (Phil. 2:21).

   * To which things do we give precedence?

  

2. First.

   * Meaning – “in the first place,” “above all,” “especially.” Not everyone in the Bible put Christ first.

   * Mt. 8:21 – would follow Jesus, but first had to bury dead. Lk. 9:61 – would follow, but must first bid family farewell.

   * Mt. 10:37 – He that loves family more than the Lord is not worthy of Him.

   * Ex. 13:2 – God is sovereign & demands our worship/obedience.

   * Gal. 2:20 – true of genuine disciples.

   * I Jn. 3:8-10 –

   * Christian motto? (Phil. 1:21) –

 

3. Kingdom of God.

   * Can refer to the church (Mt. 16:18-19; Rom. 6:3-4).

   * In Mt. 6:33, “kingdom of God” = “reign of God in your life.” God will help those who put Him first (II Chron.16:9).

   * Jas. 4:4 –

   * Jas. 4:7 – Resist the devil, and he will flee.

  

4. Righteousness.

   * “Proper conduct before God.” (cf. Mt. 3:15)

   * Righteousness applies to various forms of worship (Matt. 2, 5, 16).

   * Obedience is to honor God (Matt. 6:1), not impress men.

   * Jesus’ disciples must exceed righteousness of Scribes/Pharisees (Matt. 5:20). They were more concerned w/appearance.

   * God always concerned w/mans’ heart. (Mt. 5:8; 15:8-9).

   * Outward appearance doesn’t always equal inward attitude (Jer. 7). They didn’t love God w/all their heart (Mt. 23:37).

   * Jer. 2:20 –

   * Other extreme – people believe that if heart is right/pure, it doesn’t matter what we do. False idea (Jn. 4:24).

  

5. What does all this mean to us?

   * Christians must assemble on the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10; Heb. 10:25) to worship (Acts 20:7ff).

   * About communion, Jesus said, “This do” (Lk. 22:19). Paul said, “As I have given order...even so do ye” (I Cor. 16:1-2).

   * What about unusual circumstances? Mother w/sick child? Christian doctor called to hospital during Lord’s Day worship?

 

   * Those who love the Lord too little say, “I need my rest.” “I’ve got non-Christian company.” “I’ve been invited to

      a service w/denominational friend(s), therefore, I won’t be worshipping with Christians.”

   * Must we attend every service? Better question: Do we have to obey/honor the rule of our elders? (Acts 20:28). When they

      feed, the flock must come (Heb. 13:17). This applies to Sunday night, Wed. night, monthly men’s/ladies’ Bible study, and

      Gospel Meetings/Lectureships. Consider our own Friday & Saturday night attendance last weekend!

 

   * Why would a faithful Christian, for whom Jesus was nailed to a tree, not want to come for worship & study??

   * Asking the question, “Do I have to be present for all the service  s of the Lord’s church?” reveals a horribly diseased

      condition of the soul.

Dear soul, become a Christian if you need to! Erring Christians – repent! Repent of unfaithful attendance & service or whatever else is standing between you and God! Do it today for there’s no promise of tomorrow (Jas. 4:14).

 

                                                                                                                                                 R.W. McAlister  3/29/09 a.m.