Two Kingdoms, One Worthy Master

Posted: January 19, 2014 in The Kingdom Of Heaven
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No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.  That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.  Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds.  They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  And why worry about your clothing?  Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?  So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat?  What will we drink?  What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.”  (Matthew 6:24-34)

Jesus does not mince words when He describes how the Father takes care of those who live in His Kingdom.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and the Lord of our life, He becomes our King.  We live in His Kingdom.  We are His subjects; His servants.  We belong to Him.  The responsibility is His to provide for our needs and He very clearly states that He will give us everything we need each day.  This truth is so important for Christ’s followers to know that Jesus even made sure it was part of our template for prayer, saying “Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)

Jesus is not announcing the so-called “prosperity gospel”, telling us to hold our hands out and claim that “money cometh!”, as several popular wolves in sheep’s clothing tell their flocks to do.  That twisting of our Savior’s words is the classic subtle perversion of truth, the trademark stamp of Satan.

However, it is a righteous act to expect our needs to be provided for. We act in faith when we greet each day thanking God for His provision and go about our daily activities confidently knowing He will meet our needs.

Approaching the day (and life) this way separates Christ’s followers from the world.  The world’s kingdom is money and those who belong to the world worry about whether they have enough money to meet their needs.  They place their trust in their money or lack thereof.  They fret, scheme, plot, and strategize how they will get more money and the result is that money becomes their king and master.

But the world’s economy does not affect God’s economy and what a relief it is to know that.  Those who live in the Kingdom of Heaven have the Most High God as their Master; their Provider.  Putting God’s Purpose first and living righteously shows that we live in His Kingdom and His response is a promise to take care of us.

So it is not fitting at all for believing Christians to worry about our needs.  We set ourselves apart from the world and its master when we approach each day in confident, even childlike, expectation and thankfulness that our needs are met by our Father in Heaven.  This is praise by behavior and it greatly pleases our God Almighty.

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