121118 Matthew 6:33

Last Updated on Monday, 26 November 2012

 

The following Sermon was written by Pastor Clark Schultz of Lakeside Lutheran High School.

Matthew 6:33
"Where is your focus?"
I. First look at what's important (33a)
II. Then look at what's provided (33b)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Every heard of the name Karl Robert Kahles? I am surprised! Especially at this time of the year, many of you have used or at least seen (pun intended) his product. KAHLES invented the riflescope as we know it today. In fact, his company produced their first riflescope in 1898. His company would later go on to produce other products such as binocululars for both the military and commercial use. One could say his company helped bring things into focus. That idea of focus is what brings us here today.

What do you focus on first in your life? What's in the mirror? Is it the bank accounts? Is it your upcoming vacation? Today, Jesus' words show us what we want to Focus on in our lives. It is not something we focus on for the first 5 minutes after church and then forget about it all week. It is something that we continually look for in our lives– it's something of utmost importance. Jesus is going to help us answer the question today, Where is your focus We will want to: I. First look at what's important; and II. Then look at what's provided.

I. First look at what's important


A. We pick our Scripture lesson up from a famous sermon of Jesus known as the Sermon on the Mount. Addressing his disciples and followers he's talked to them about their life as Christians. He knows that human nature has a tendency to worry about many things in life, especially when it comes to financial matters. Jesus simple direction to them is, "Don't worry." Don't worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or what you will wear. You're heavenly Father knows that you need them. Then we get to our verse for today, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (33).
B. Did you catch what Jesus said is to be at the top of the disciples' list in priorities? It wasn't where their next meal came from. He says first of all, "seek God's kingdom and his righteousness." He re-focuses his disciples' attention from looking at physical things to being concerned first and foremost with spiritual things. They were to be most concerned about their relationship with their Lord and Savior. That was to be first. There cannot be two first. What was to be most important to them is that they knew and were assured that they were part of God's kingdom of believers. Most important for them was to know God's righteousness. These disciples and followers of Jesus had often times been mixed up when listing their priorities. Wealth, food, clothing, self-satisfying physical things, the creature comforts in life, social issues – all seemed to get bumped up to the top of their priority list. These things of low importance jumped up to first place in their hearts as something they sought after and looked for.
C. Jesus' words for his disciples are the same words for you and me, when looking to what's important in our lives "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." The number one priority in our lives is not the house, the job, the recreation time, or even our spouse or children. First above all things is your relationship with your Savior. Of first importance is knowing that Jesus has made you right with God. For every time we've let other things become more important than our Lord, Jesus hasn't left us in our sins to only have an eternity of hell and suffering in our future. He has given us righteousness with God. By always keeping his Heavenly Father as the top priority in his heart, Jesus kept God's demands for perfection perfectly for you and me. By allowing himself to take our punishment we deserved by dying on the cross, Jesus made us right, holy, and perfect in God's eyes. He gave us the forgiveness we need so that God now sees us as right before him.
D. As Christian's that is your number one priority. Hearing of Jesus' saving work in worship. Studying it with others in Bible study. Sharing it in devotions with one another and your children as a family. Keeping Christ as a priority in school,whether it be here at St. Matthews, in town at your local public school or even at LPS and Lakside. These are all ways we seek first God's kingdom. What do you look for first in your life? First look at what's important, of utmost importance, your relationship with your Savior.

 

II. Then look at what's provided


A. But Jesus has also attached a promise to us who know him as our Savior from sin. Holding him first in my priorities, being concerned first about my spiritual life, the other things in life we need will be given to us. Listen again, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Jesus promised the disciples that their Lord would give them everything else that they needed. They would lack nothing.
B. As Christian's, Jesus holds out the same promise to you. Holding him as your Savior, your number one priority, as the most important part of your life – the rest of what you need will be given to you. With Jesus as first, God promises that he will see to it that you will have everything he knows that you need. He doesn't say maybe he'll do it, or it might happen but you can't know for sure. He says, "all these things will be given to you as well." It's guaranteed; it's sure; there's no doubt. He will give us everything we need. Granted it might not always be what we want, but it will always be what we need.
C. When you look at Jesus as first in your life, you will be motivated to do what is right. For example, You will be the loving husband who wants to imitate him in caring for your wife and you will be the loving wife supporting you husband. When knowing Jesus and the forgiveness of sins he gives is first in our lives, we will want to be the best son, daughter, employer/employee, student. Teacher, parent or grandparent We want to let our lights shine. There isn't a question mark surrounding your future. God has guaranteed it because of Jesus.

 

Concl. I am thinking of all the people focusing on deer or other wildlife now through Kahles invention. Where is your focus? What is in our sights? Is it the vacation, the job future, family where to send your children for school? As we leave here today let us, look to what's important in our lives First and foremost is your relationship with your Savior Jesus whose guaranteed you heaven. Without him we'd be in trouble. Then, with him as top priority, look at what God has promised to provide for you – everything you need. May God continue to show you what you look for first and what to focus on--- HIM! Amen.

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