The Cares of this World
I was listening to a friend who was telling me about their very busy, very full life. They have as so many refer to ‘a very full plate’. This plate is also full of the actions of others – as this person manages the day to day workings of the business they employed in. There seemed to always be something vying for this person’s attention and several someone’s who just simply didn’t do what they were expected to do. Also, there were events in their lives, family and responsibilities that were constantly demanding their thoughts and time. This person was being very much weighed down by the cares of this world.
I know this happens to all of us from time to time. Life can be so very…well, VERY, can’t it. We never really know what will come in the next day, week and hour for that matter.
Life. We all have our responsibilities and duties. We all have to manage things and perhaps people in our lives that can so easily consume our hearts and minds.
But,…if we have Christ in our lives and in our hearts – these should not be the focus. These things and people should not take the driving seat of how we feel and view our lives. We also should know that we were told life was going to be hard…But, God promised he’d be with us.
We just sometimes lose focus on that.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
We can, from time to time, get moving in our lives and forget to give time to God – first. We can also forget that in all that we do, God should come first. We can forget that in all that we do – God is there and provides a way for us to manage our time and our lives. We need, really NEED to take that time to pause and to give Him first priority in our lives. This alone can help us see the most important things in our busy, day-to-day lives.
Till the soil of our Hearts
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” Matthew 13:22
Do we take heed to those things we know? We know that God has promised so many things to us. We know that with God all things are possible. We know that He gave to us His Holy Spirit to comfort and to guide us. But, have we cleared our hearts, minds and souls of those things that should not be there so that we can be a ground, so to speak, that will allow those things God wants to teach us to take root and to grow. Do we need to take stock of the type of soil we’ve allowed our hearts to become?
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Webster’s 1828 dictionary says about ‘abide’: “In general, abide by signifies to adhere to, maintain defend, or stand to, as to abide by a promise, or by a friend; or to suffer the consequences, as to abide by the event, that is, to be fixed or permanent in a particular condition.”
The one constant thing, the one steadfast sure thing in our life is Christ. If we abide in Him – that is take our strength from – that is be rooted and grounded in Him – that is become more like Him – we can then see things for what they are. Our priorities will change and so will our assurance of God in taking control of all things in our lives.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15 – 17
We know that where our treasure is, so will our hearts be. Where is YOUR treasure? Is it in the work you do, the things you’ve accumulated, or even the people in your life? These things will change. Our treasure should be in the One who loves us more than anyone or anything can. Our treasure should be in Christ. Our treasure and efforts should be in laying the foundation for our future – our home in Heaven with Him. We have the bonus in life of being able to make a living, to have loved ones and to make a difference. All these things should be in line with keeping Christ as our first love. If we do, we can be better at our work, at our home and in what we choose to surround ourselves with.
What’s Most Important
With what shall I come before the LORD,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8
Life. Yes, it can become so very full of things that vie for our attention. Life can be so very full of responsibilities, challenges and even hardships. But, with God…life can be so wonderful and full – even through those times. Because, this life is not IT. This life is but a short time in the scheme of eternity. Make sure we don’t ‘major on the minors’. Make sure in your daily life you take time to make Him first in all things. Make sure you seek His counsel and strength in all things. Make sure you’re heart is focused on the right things and make sure that in all that you do, love and have – God is the most important thing in your life.
Then, you can weather the storms of circumstances in your life. You can plant your feet firmly in your faith and rejoice knowing God loves you…and has trusted you with these things in your life so that you can make a difference; so that you can be a reflection of Him – of his love and of his character…
Don’t let the cares of this world weigh you down. They’re not THAT big – in the BIG scheme of things. AND, there’s nothing that God cannot handle for you in your life. Rest in Him. Take comfort in Him…and see, see what’s most important.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2