Friday, May 04, 2018

Jesus' Commandments-10 (SD67)

Mat 6:31-32 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."
    Why did our Lord differentiate man's basic needs between Christians and Gentiles?
    Though many non believers believe in the existence of God, however they accept Him basically as the Creator and a Judge, who demands only righteous living. They have no idea that He is also the Almighty God and a loving Father who will heal, teach, care, nourish, comfort, protect, lead and guide us to holiness and perfection. So they used all their time and abilities to seek the basic needs to sustain their livelihood for they believe that unless they help themselves they will starve, for they cannot believe that God can help them.
    As Christians, we thank God that our Lord Jesus assured us that our heavenly Father knows that we need all these things too.

Mat 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
   Christians must not be like the non believers who seek for these things (what to eat, drink and wear), but to allow God to give them to us. This will eliminate the worry of our daily needs.
   Our Lord promised us that our Father God will meet all our needs, if we first seek:-
1. Kingdom of God
Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
    Our Lord told the Jews to repent and to believe the gospel for the fulfillment of prophecies would be soon.
a) Establishment of the new covenant with the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ at His death
b) Establishment of the Kingdom of God with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit inside the bodies of the  disciples of Jesus after His resurrection.
Luke 17:20-21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you."

2. His righteousness
Mat 3:13-15 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him.
    Jesus' humility in His obedience to the Father fulfilled all righteousness. So as Christians we must completely submit ourselves and everything (our family, children, wealth, properties, etc.) under our stewardship to the Lord. He is the true Master and Owner of what is in our possession. Disperse His money generously and cheerfully to the poor and needy, charities and missions, and then you have found His righteousness.
2 Cor 9:9 As it is written: "He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
   Everyday there will always be troubles. When we do not have any more worry, then we have overcome them by trusting Him.
    Our Lord also advised us not to worry about tomorrow for we can also leave tomorrow's troubles to Him.