How many times do we find ourselves striving for the wealth, the fame and the other goods of this life? I know for myself I am guilty as charged. When I find myself looking to the goods of this world and forgetting God, I can feel Him pulling my attention back to Him, first with a gentle tug on the mind and heart. And then if I don’t listen, He continues with a little shaking and rattling of my spirit to awaken me to what is going on and what I should do about it.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2 NKJV).
At that moment I will take a step back in prayer, seeking to set my mind back on the Lord. Do you feel yourself drifting into the world and its goods from time to time? How do you re-position yourself, or do you continue to drift? How heavy is God’s hands upon your heart with this issue?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Does pursuing a godly life, a life after the spirit, mean that you can’t have money or things? This view is many times assumed when reading the scripture, but that is an extreme view rather than a proper perspective within the context of scripture itself. We are called to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” at which when we do the other goods and necessities of this life will follow.
That is not to say that we will become rich by the theology of name it and claim it, but rather that God knows what you have need of and will provide accordingly. We can have nice things in this life, but as soon as the things replace God within our hearts, we must take a step back, re-evaluate and then refocus on the Lord. At that moment we can live a life of true fulfillment and success according to the Spirit and reap what we need to live here and now. Stop looking at the riches of this life and start seeking the kingdom of God.