Walking To The Cross – Walking With The Kingdom

“‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.’” Luke‬ ‭12:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬
It is generally not a good idea to get in my way when I’m hungry. Hunger has a way of bypassing my higher brain functions and leaving me with a version of myself I am often not proud of. I’m more aggressive, less patient, and generally more likely to say something I’ll regret later. I move from hungry to “HANGRY” fairly quickly. Just ask my wife. It’s not easy for any of us to control the flesh. We are creatures consumed by many different hungers. We long for food, sex, love, control, money, security, and more. Given their proper perspective, these hungers help us to live and thrive. When these hungers are allowed to grow beyond their natural boundaries, the results are obesity, sexual immorality, idolatry, pride and gluttony.  
In this week’s Scripture readings, Jesus is speaking a lot about the Kingdom of God. He is reminding His listeners our desires can pull us away from the Kingdom life. For example, the love of money over love of God can quickly move us towards thinking money is the key to happiness. If we are to follow Christ, then we must learn to practice self control. Galatians 5:23 teaches self control is a fruit of the Spirit. God had given the believer the Holy Spirit, and by extension, His self-control. We only need to use it. It is no coincidence the tradition of Lent has historically included some form of self-control discipline. Jesus reminds us a “rich relationship with God is more important than earthly wealth. This relationship draws us into the Kingdom.  May you experience His kingdom presence this week.
In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn