Episode 272: I’m Talkin. . .Seek

I’m talking episode 272 for July 2nd, 2023.

Before I get started in this week’s subject, I just wanted to remind people that this year I have a theme for my microcast and that is to challenge Christian listeners to live sold out for God’s glory.

And today we’re on the last S in listeners.

So I’ve done challenge Christian listeners, so I’m on that last S of listeners, and so you’ll notice that the first letter of every word that I do will continue to fill that sentence out for the balance of the year.

This is Joel from the I’m Talking microcast, where I share my thoughts on a topic that has piqued my interest this past week.

This week we’re talking seek.

When I am thinking of the word seek, I’m thinking of the word in terms of pursue, not so much to find something that you’ve lost or looking for a route, seeking a route to get somewhere, but I’m talking about something that you go after, that you seek in your life.

And in the world today, that takes a number of different avenues and pictures.

And you think about people, and it really doesn’t matter who they are, we often seek the same things.

We seek happiness or joy or fulfillment.

We may seek success.

We may seek opportunity for career advancement.

And in and of itself, there is nothing wrong with that.

And we also may seek money, which generally comes from what we think seeking those other things is a basis for.

So we use money to make us look happy or to make us look fulfilled or to make us look successful.

And again, seeking after those, pursuing those things is not in and of itself wrong, but it’s how we do it and why we do it and what it looks like while we are doing it.

And therein lies the challenge for those of us who call ourselves Christians.

So to back up my point that there’s nothing wrong with seek in and of itself, seeking things or seeking ideas or seeking the words that I mentioned before, the happiness, joy, fulfillment, success, those things.

The Bible tells us that we are to seek.

And in Matthew, Matthew challenges us to seek first the kingdom of God.

Then all of these things will be provided to you.

If you look at the section of verses, I think it’s in Matthew 6, somewhere in the 25 to 35 range, the heading for that section is anxiety.

And so much of our world struggles with that, myself included.

I never knew I did until things kind of went haywire for a little while in my life.

And for a little while, I mean like six or seven years.

And there’s a struggle almost daily for me in dealing with anxiety.

And isn’t it interesting that God knows that?

For those of us who call on the name of Christ, He knows that struggle.

And He tells us to seek first the kingdom of God, and then all these things will be provided.

In the section, He says, do you think these people, these animals, worry about tomorrow?

Look how God provides for them.

Are you not more important?

Do you wonder where your next meal is coming from?

Do you wonder how you’re going to pay next month’s rent?

Do you worry about having a job tomorrow?

All of those things build up in our lives and cause anxiety, and sometimes debilitatingly so.

And God has an answer for those of us who call on the name of Christ and say we are Christians.

Seek first the kingdom of God, then these things will be provided.

They may not look like what you think they’re supposed to look like.

They may not come when you think they’re supposed to come.

They may not fulfill like you think they’re supposed to fulfill.

But if we seek first God’s kingdom, all of those questions will be answered.

Everything will look right in the light of who Jesus is in our lives.

Everything will come together and we will see God’s provision when we seek first his kingdom.

Then and only then can we live sold out for the glory of God.

Until next week, this is Joel from the I’m Talking Microcast.