Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness,
and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.
Matthew 6:33, J.B. Phillips
A five year old boy nudged and jockeyed his way to the front of the Kindergarten snack line only to hear a spiritually astute teacher say, “You know, the Bible says that the first shall be last!” A bit dejected, the boy began to make his way to the back of the line as he weighed the teacher’s words against what he really wanted. Unwilling to lay down the sword, the boy shouted with unabashed brashness in a self-declared moment of genius, “Then I shall be last first!”
What is there in us that always wants to be first? Why are we so convinced that if we don’t push and shove our way to the front of any given line that we won’t get what we really need or want?
Even as well-meaning followers of Jesus, too often we dress our desire to be first in a cloak of false humility and begrudgingly go last! Is it possible that we really don’t trust that God will actually give us what we really need if we follow His ways exclusively?
Those living a life forged by God don’t concern themselves with questions of where they fall in line. In fact, there is but one motivational question that fills the heart of the God-forged life:
“How may I best serve at the pleasure of the King in his Kingdom?”
God-forged Kingdom laborers know that as they wholeheartedly seek God’s agenda and glory alone that everything that they will ever truly need will be provided by the King whom they eagerly and joyfully serve.
John Wesley, a God-forged eighteenth century Kingdom laborer, often prayed:
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to you pleasure and disposal.
Are you humbly and willingly serving at the pleasure of the King?
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