"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
by Cooper Abrams
Introduction: I'm not a great fan of poetry, just for the sake of using poetry, but it can be a powerful tool communicate one's thoughts.
I read a poem once written by Robert Frost titled "The Road Not Taken." I changed the theme and then wrote a poem myself titled "The Right Road Taken."
Two roads diverged in a forest glen,
and I wondered which I should take,
And long I stood and pondered, looking
down each road as far as I could,
to see what choice I should make.
I looked for direction to made my choice.
One was well traveled, broad and wide,
and looked easy as it crooked through the glen.
The other was strait, narrow and clearly less worn.
Which road, I contemplated, would I have the better end.
Then there appeared a Man with a book in his hand,
It pages He knew so well, He sternly spoke and with authority said,
"This book the end of both roads will show.
It says the wide road will take you to dark depths,
to a place you do not wish to go."
He then smiled said don't look so grim,
I prepared the narrow way for you take,
where you never go alone,
For this strait road is the only way,
and I will go with you and take you home.
It was years ago I stood at that the fork in the road,
and the Man's sound counsel I took.
The road was as he said,
and the end as stated in the book.
Two roads diverged in a forest glen, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
I let the Savior lead me by His word,
And that has made all the difference!
All of us have many crossroads in our lives, different paths which we can take. The choices that we are presented with will surely produce different endings. We know that and it makes our choices more difficult.
How the do we make the right decisions at such crucial times? Matthew 6:33, states a simple truth, yet probably the second most important truth of the Gospel. The first truth is that Jesus Christ, God incarnate in man, came to this earth, suffered and died for our sins and was resurrected on the third day.
This verse says a believer is to seek first in his life God's perfect will and His rightness. Righteousness is simply being right. That means we are to reject all sin, false teaching and practices and error in any form. If we do that then God makes a promise to us. All the rest shall be added.
I. Believing in Jesus Christ and confessing Him as ones Lord and Savior is the First right decision.
C. I know that I am a saved a child of God because God has drastically change my life. Friends, that what is what happens every time a soul is truly saved.
It was seeking God's will that cause me to surrender in July of that year to preach the Gospel. When I first came to Christ in January of 1972, five years earlier one of the thing God used to draw me to Himself was that I saw the futility of the life I was living. It was seeking His will that directed Carolyn and I to sell our beautiful new home on a lake in Rocky Mount, NC so they we would have the money to attend Bible college in August. It became and has since been my sole ambition and desire to serve the Lord.
I truly rejoice in what God has done in our lives and the lives of those who the Lord has brought our way.
In 1977, I honestly did not imagine that God would do all I have seen Him do. Carolyn and I have seen Him establish a now strong church in Beaver and Price, Utah. We are amazed at all He has done here in Tremonton since this work was begun in September 2000. It is a certainly a testimony to power and Grace of God.
My hearts desire is that this church and the other two churches continue and always being faithful to God's Word.
At Matthew 6:33 says, that is seeking God's rightness. It will assure, that in the future, all the other things shall be added to you.
You see when the truth is preached, when it is received as truth by those who hear it and applied one's life we need not worry about the out come. The overcome is in God's hands. When we obey Him and follow His instructions He is not hindered in the work He seeks to do and it will go forward as He wills.
When the first right decisions are made we find Christ Jesus at every turn, guiding, directing, giving wisdom to do the best and right thing.
Today, as in the past this has been "the road less traveled." Many churches have become complacent, meaning they have become "self-satisfied."
Many have and are giving in to compromise. They are more interested in popularity, and afraid of offending those in error, and their actions have placed them outside God's will and on the by the wayside. God has never even once blessed error, nor will He ever condone of reward those that leave His truth. To abandon God's truth, is to seal the doom of those who might come to Christ and might have been reached.
We can not serve two masters, a Jesus said in Matt. 6:24. He was saying you either love and hold to God, or you hate and despise Him. Matthew 6:33, says seek first God's kingdom. If you do then we are assured that God will take care of you and you will be in His will, under His protection and there will be great blessing.
A. Jesus tells us in advance about these two roads. In Robert Frost's poem he says he stood looking down each road as far as he could. Clearly he was trying to see where the roads would lead.
D. It was not the easy road, but it is the only road to true peace, happiness and eternal life in Heaven! Jesus said Matthew 7:13-14, the majority will not take the right road.
But God will not force you to accept Him. He is a loving and respectful God. He gave you a will to make a choice and He will not violate that promise. He will only come and receive you if you are willing to receive Him.
He says...."seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."
He says...."Enter ye at the strait gate. Take the narrow road, the road that leads to eternal life.
I pray you take the strait road that leads to life.