Today’s Theme: Seek First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness
As Christians, we quite properly speak of the ongoing battle between the Old Adam of unbelief and the New man of faith that is being waged in the heart of every Christian. Yet this battle between the Spirit and the flesh does not mean that the Christian has no peace or that the Christian is locked up in a state of perpetual despair. Quite to the contrary, this is why Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Finally, in the day to day battle with the flesh, our faith must come to rest not at all in ourselves or the things of this world but in Christ and in the promises of the Gospel. As long as we attempt to serve both masters, the spirit and the flesh, we will have no peace in the battle. Faith in Jesus and in His free gift of righteousness that covers our sin is where our faith rests and where we are given freedom from anxiety over food, drink, and clothing. Since the Lord has given us the greater gifts of His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper through which we have eternal communion with God in the forgiveness of sins and, since He has clothed us with His own righteousness in Holy Baptism so that we, declared completely righteous and lack nothing, how will He not also give us the lesser things that sustain body and life in this world. “Will He not clothe and feed you of little faith?” Of course He will. Therefore, in our ongoing struggle with the Old Adam within we continue to pursue or “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” and God’s peace will teach us to be content with whatever we have.
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