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Just Things

Someone asked John Wanamaker: How do you get time to run a Sunday school with your four thousand scholars, in addition to the business of your stores, and other obligations? Instantly Mr. Wanamaker replied: “Why the Sunday school is my business! All the other things are just things. Forty-five years ago I decided that God’s promise was sure: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.””Mr. Wanamaker was referring to part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount located in the gospel of Matthew chapter 6. Everything in the bible is not meant for literal translation. However, this particular verse has an exact translation and meaning. We are to seek God in ALL things in our lives first. 

One has to remember when Jesus was tempted, and offered the entire world and its’ treasures, Jesus refuted satan. Christ knew that the kingdom of God was the most important thing to him and ultimately to us. 

In a world filled with distractions we can easily find ourselves spending valuable time seeking pleasures and things of the world and place God second in our pursuits. 

As we continue in our walk with Christ we must continue to grow. If we grow complacent or lax in our pursuit of growing in Christ we will find ourselves feeling distant and like any other relationship that is neglected we may fall apart. 

The apostle tells us in 2nd Peter 1:3-9,

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

God has given us great promises and we can choose to participate in those but we have to add to our faith. We must study the word of God; embrace and enhance our prayer life, and in our knowledge of Christ. 

In other words, we must continually change. Growth can be a hard subject at times, but if we make a concerted effort from the heart to lay aside all of the worldly pursuits and honor God first our reward for our faithfulness will be eternity in heaven. 

So today, let us begin to seek God first in all areas of our lives and watch how we grow and become more mature believers. And in that impact our witness to others. Through our growth we can help change the world with the love and message of Christ. 

Remember that we love you and God does too!
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Jeff Houdyshelt

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Jeff and his wife Brenda have been married for 28 years and are part time missionaries in the nation of Mexico and in town of Matamoros, Mexico. They both attend Generation Changers church, in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff is a licensed minister and pastoral counselor. He has spent the past several years of his life dedicated to ministering to and the counseling of those facing addiction. He also counsels and meets weekly with the families of those in addiction. His pursuits are to help set those struggling free with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

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