Am I Doing What I Should be Doing?

Q. Re: Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. When we decide to serve Him first, this decision must be followed by action or it will be as useless as if we did not decide to do so in the first place. To honor God with your lips and not your heart is not acceptable. This worries me. If I am doing anything like what I should be doing it will be a big surprise to me. And I suspect I am not alone. I just read that most of us are in the same boat. What do you think? Your opinion will be greatly appreciated. And anxiously awaited.

A. Remember that the Lord looks at the motives of our heart. If our motives are pure then our actions are acceptable, even if they mostly involve earning a living and raising a family. The Lord knows that for some folks these things can take all the resources they have.

But if we’re living beyond our means with a couple of mortgages, car loans, and a bunch of credit card debt, it’s pretty clear that our heart is set on the things of this world, no matter what we say about the Kingdom. And unfortunately, you’re correct. This is the way the vast majority of Christians are living today. (Of course, I’m not talking about any of us, but other Christians.)

One of my early mentors said, “Show me what a person pays attention to, and I’ll show you what that person’s intentions are.” Do we pay more attention to storing up earthly treasures for ourselves, or to storing up treasures in heaven by helping others? Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be” (Matt. 6:21).

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