Seeking God first
By: Saffa Koroma
Scripture reading: Matthew 6:25-34
A pastor of a rural church was invited to attend a meeting in the capital city of his country, about 200 miles away from where he lived. The meeting was scheduled for Monday morning at 10:00 o’clock. The pastor was desperate and determined to travel early that Sunday morning in spite of the pleas made by his family and some members of the parish to stay and administer communion on that first Sunday of the month. They encouraged him to travel after the church service, but he refused.
Unfortunately for the pastor, all commercial vehicles had no seat for any additional passenger. Pastor stayed in the vehicle park for the whole day without getting a vehicle to travel. He gave up the travel at about 5:30 pm when there was no more hope of traveling that day. On returning to his house, he regretted and lamented having wasted the day on the road instead of spending two hours in the church serving God and his parishioners. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus admonishes us to seek God first in all that we do. If we take care of God’s business as a priority—seeking His salvation, living in obedience to Him, and sharing the good news of the kingdom with others—then He will take care of our business as He promised.
In this period of Lent may we be soberly obedient to God’s will, in Jesus’ name. Amen.