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09.20.20 Seeking God Matthew 6:25-34 Sermon Summary

by on September 24, 2020

This morning we learned from the prophet Amos that we are to “seek God and live.” Seeking God, according to Amos, means to reject evil and love good. We learned that the Kingdom of God is a place where everyone receives what is fair in order to live. It is a place of justice and righteousness. 

Jesus, well aware of the prophecy of Amos, does what Jesus often does. He takes the promises that are national and even universal and applies them to individuals. And so it is that part of the Sermon on the Mount takes up the theme of Amos and calls us to “seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, that all the other things we seek may be added to us as well.”

There are so many other things to seek in this life. We are easily distracted from seeking God and from loving good. When we seek these lesser matters we end up worrying. And so Jesus addresses our worries. His advice? “Seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness.” 

But Jesus also urges us to seek God today, for God is fully present to us today. God is not more present to us tomorrow, after we have spent more time in prayer, after we have studied and memorized more of scripture, after we have invested in more time of prayer. No. God is fully present to us today. God can’t be more present to use tomorrow than God is present to us today.

Jesus knows that seeking other things first, besides God’s kingdom and righteousness, pushes us into tomorrow. And this focus on tomorrow causes us anxiety and worry, because we don’t know what tomorrow brings. We cannot control tomorrow. Jesus knows if we seek God today, God will satisfy us today, and we will have peace. “So do not worry about tomorrow,” Jesus says. “Tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today has enough trouble for today.”

Today we celebrate Communion. Communion is special because of the promises God attaches to it. It is special because of our presence to one another as the Body of Christ as we serve and receive from one another the bread and cup. And for our congregation, Communion is special because it is infrequent. While we ordinarily celebrate Communion each week, during this pandemic we are celebrating once a month.

But as special as Communion is for us, God is still present to us in all times. God is always present, and most immediately so for those who seek God. “Seek God and live,” said Amos. “Seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first, and all the other things will be added to you as well,” said Jesus. 

May we seek God here, at the Lord’s Table, where the Spirit makes present the risen Christ. May we seek God throughout this week, where God has sent us to bear witness to his presence. May we seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and may we find life, and may we find that all our worries are satisfied in the presence of God. Amen.

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