Seek First the Kingdom of God

Extending from our recent sermons in Mt. 6:19-34, consider these thoughts from Alexander MacLaren and what it means to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness:

“You must fill the heart with a supreme and transcendent desire after the one supreme object, and then there will be no room or leisure left for anxious care after the lesser…’Seek first the kingdom of God.’ Let all your spirit be stretching itself out towards that divine and blessed reality, longing to be a subject of that kingdom, and a possessor of that righteousness; and ‘the cares that infest the day’ will steal away from out of the sacred pavilion of your believing spirit. Fill your heart with desires after what is worthy of desire; and the greater having entered in, all lesser objects will rank themselves in the right place, and the ‘glory that excelleth’ will outshine the seducing brightness of the paltry present. Oh! it is want of love, it is want of earnest desire, it is want of firm conviction that God, God only, God by Himself, is enough for me, that makes me careful and troubled. And therefore, if I could only attain unto that sublime and calm height of perfect conviction, that He is sufficient for me, that He is with me for ever,-the satisfying object of my desires and the glorious reward of my searchings,-let life and death come as they may, let riches, poverty, health, sickness, all the antitheses of human circumstances storm down upon me in quick alternation, yet in them all I shall be content and peaceful. God is beside me, and His presence brings in its train whatsoever things I need. You cannot cast out the sin of foreboding thoughts by any power short of the entrance of Christ and His love. The blessings of faith and felt communion leave no room nor leisure for anxiety.”  (Alexander MacLaren, Sermon on Mt. 6:25-34)

And how is this “supreme and transcendent desire” cultivated?  By praying according to the will of God, even as Jesus makes clear in Mt. 6:5-15, and 7:7-11.

Seeking Him with you,

Greg

From Age to Age

Another Christ-exalting album from Sovereign Grace Music!  Their newest gift to the church is a biblically faithful, beautifully arranged collection of 14 songs entitled From Age to Age.  SG’s website says this about the album:

Inspired and influenced by hymn writers of the past like Martin Luther, Augustus Toplady, and Charles Wesley, From Age to Age contains 14 new hymns that combine rich, theologically driven lyrics with singable melodies for the glory of the Savior whose praises know no end.

I encourage you to invest in the album, and be all the more encouraged and equipped in letting “…the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  (Col. 3:16, ESV)

For His glory, and your joy,

Greg

Ephesians 1:15-23

What a special Lord’s Day we shared at RCG this past weekend, celebrating Christ’s resurrection. We missed those of you who weren’t with us!

The fact of Jesus living and reigning at the right hand of the Father should deeply impact our prayers for one another, even as Paul exemplified in Ephesians 1:15-23 (ESV):

“15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

1 Thessalonians 2:13

One of the greatest joys any pastor has is to see God working in people’s lives through His word and through His Spirit.  It is a great blessing for pastors to carry on their ministry among people who are eager to know and follow Jesus Christ, and who are thus hungry to hear, believe, and obey God’s holy word.

So I know I speak for the other pastors at RCG (yes, we also call them elders 🙂 ), in saying that these words from the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonian believers also express our hearts toward you:

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.  (1 Thessalonians 2:13, ESV)

Pressing on in the great hope of Jesus Christ, risen and coming again!