Why Settle?

May 4, 2011

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Don’t settle for less” – but I wonder how often we do just that?  Settle for what seems to be a realistic outcome to circumstances in our lives.  I read a great devotional today addressing this challenge – what may seem an impossible task to me is VERY possible for God!  And it really connected dots to a recent bible study on Matthew 6:25-33

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

   And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Thankfully, God gives me exactly what I need, when I need it.  He also knows my tendency to look only at what’s in front of me and gives me great examples of what can happen when I add faith to what I already have – when Jesus fed the five thousand (Mark 6:30-44), his disciples were very much like me – they only saw what they had and not what God could do with what they had.  One of God’s beautiful promises is to provide for my needs – all I have to do is seek Him first…not second, not as as an afterthought – FIRST…seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. 

When I fist started on this leg of my journey, a mentor prompted me to always ask myself a question before I started a project or responded to a need, “Is it Kingdom focused?” In other words, who’s gonna get the glory from my actions – me? or God?  Better yet, what if I ask, “How can God get the glory?”  So often, I find myself moving into action before I really think about what I’m doing, let alone who I’m doing it for, or how God can direct me toward a result beyond my wildest expectations. 

My TGIF devotional put it quite succinctly: “Do not settle for the gospel of salvation only. Jesus came that we might experience the gospel of the Kingdom in its fullest sense.”  As I’m seeing and grasping more clearly each day, my job isn’t to rely on worldly experiences of logical reasoning – it’s to put my faith into action and see what God can do!