“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
As I prayed for a friend this morning, I asked that God’s glory would shine in their life in such a way that it would be undeniable to anyone who knew them, that He would give them a story like no one else’s. I then felt a gentle reminder: each of us has a story unlike anyone else’s. There may be some similarities, ways in which our life’s path has paralleled another’s, but the story of our life is uniquely ours.
It’s important, as we reflect on our life up to this point and continue to walk the path set before us, to remember the purpose of our story.
It isn’t about our happiness in getting what we want. Nor is it about earthly successes or keeping up with those around us.
It is about our hope in Christ, our faith in His plan, His faithfulness to us in each step, and His glory displayed in our lives.
There will be happiness along our way. God is sowing light and joy into our path (Psalm 97:11), and I don’t believe those are solely meant for heaven. This abundant life is to be enjoyed to the fullest in the freedom found in honoring and loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. But happiness and enjoyment shouldn’t be our focus or our end-goal. They are instead the gracious result of our seeking Christ and trusting Him. We run after God, make Him our delight, and our heart finds all that it was longing for.
Pursuing Christ frees us to more purely enjoy the momentary blessings God bestows on us. Because we aren’t setting our hearts on them—we set our hearts on our Lord, the One we can never lose. So when our life is shaken and those blessings are taken away, our hope remains. Hope that God is still shining light onto our path. Hope that we are not alone, not forsaken, not forgotten or cast aside. Hope that God’s goodness and mercy continue to pursue us as we look to Him.
Our story may end up looking far different from what we expected. But if our heart is truly set on Christ, if we hold all things loosely except for Him, we will see His faithfulness and grace and will experience the depths of His lovingkindness.
So let us seek Christ. May our focus be to know Him and love Him with all of our heart. May His glory be our delight. And we will discover that abundant life, joy, and light are found in His presence.