Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Title: Seek First His Kingdom and His Righteousness
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Matthew 6:33a – But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…
In the worship hall of our church one Sunday, I noticed one of our members sitting quietly. His face looked downcasted, but it was with dignity and strength. I understood the look of tiredness and concern he showed. His wife was very ill. His own health was not robust.
I walked to him and asked, “How are you?” He responded hesitantly, “Okay, I guess.” He then paused and spoke frankly, “Pastor, I want to take God seriously before it is too late. I have been enjoying my life so much and always thought I lived a good life.” He continued on, “I was reflecting on my life lately, and asked myself, ‘is this my life all about?’”, “I enjoyed it but I don’t understand the meaning of it.” He shifted a bit and then said, “There was a time when I liked travel and cars and good food and lots of things. I got excited about them. But they don’t mean anything to me anymore.”
I began to realize that material things no longer satisfy him. Desire for things of the world no longer engrossed him. As his wife’s health is not getting any better, he knew he is losing his partner to share their lives together. His perspective on life has changed because he finally saw what is more meaningful in life. Things of the world decreased in importance, but relationships with God and with the church became his priority. This brother is walking closer with God now and learning the meaning of seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. His sincere strength in God is very encouraging!
Dear Heavenly Father, your words are wise and always nourishing to our soul. Please help us to see what is meaningful and important in our life. Teach us to live an abundant life in you. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
马太福音6:33上 – 你们要先求他的国和他的义……
我走向他，问道：“你好吗？” 他犹豫地回答说：“还好吧。” 他稍停顿了一下，坦率地说：“传道，我想在为时已晚之前认真对待上帝。我一直很享受我的生活，一直认为我过得很好。” 他接着说：“我最近在反思我的生命，我问自己：‘这就是我的人生吗？’”，“我喜欢它，但我不明白它的意义。” 他挪动了一下身子，然后说：“曾经有一段时间，我喜欢旅行、汽车、美食，还有很多东西，我曾为它们感到兴奋；但是它们对我来说已经不再有任何意义了。”
我开始意识到物质已经不能满足他了，对世俗事物的渴望不再吸引他了。由于他妻子的健康状况没有好转，他知道他将失去与他共度一生的伴侣。他的人生观改变了，因为他终于看清了生命中更有意义的东西。世上的事物变得不那么重要了，但与上帝和教会的关系成为了他的首要事项。这位弟兄现在与上帝更亲密同行，并领悟到 “先寻求上帝的国和祂的义” 的意义。他在上帝里面诚挚的力量是非常鼓舞人心的！