Your Monday To-Do List
Most of us strive to provide some semblance of order for our daily activities. In fact, I not only carry a calendar, but I also have a small notepad in my pocket to put thoughts and to-do lists together for the day, the week, and the month. It is rare to complete the to-do list, but at least some effort is made! Many people nowadays also set up their phones to beep and blurt at them with all sorts of reminders and notifications concerning the next item in the ordered to-do list. It's certainly rare these days for me to find folks who are generally footloose and fancy free.
We should not be surprised that God is One of divine order. Notice, for instance, in the Bible what we learn about God's creation, his redemptive plan, and his instructions to us for living. All has a sense of distinctive timing and order. The Apostle Paul even exhorts churches to include a sense of order in their worship services, "For God is not a God of disorder but of peace" (1 Corinthians 14:33).
Did you know that Jesus gave us the ultimate teaching about how we ought to order our lives in view of the divinely ordered God? The Lord simply said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). A careful consideration of this teaching from the Master can greatly simplify and clarify how we set up our to-do lists today. Jesus’ admonition to seek first the kingdom indicates that His kingdom and righteousness is that from which our daily habits and tasks should flow. The kingdom is the main thing. To seek God’s kingdom first means then that God’s rule and way in our lives has the very first place. It’s the beginning of all else. We therefore order our lives each day to seek out and get to the bottom of what is deemed absolutely essential and right by the Lord. When you start your day with seeking the Kingdom, then the rest of our worries and responsibilities will fall into place.
But you may ask, “What is the Kingdom of God exactly?” This is a fantastic question and a central component of Jesus’ teaching. I will begin a Cultivate Group tonight on Zoom called, “An Alternative to the Chaos: The Kingdom of God.” This group will meet on Zoom starting this evening at 7pm. We will explore what the Kingdom of God is all about, and we’ll begin to consider how we may seek this Kingdom will all of our strength.