This week I am going to deal with God’s formula for successful living found in Matthew 6:24 & 31-33 which says:
6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Emphasis supplied).
I call this God’s formula for successful living because Jesus tells us in these verses how to live on earth in a way that allows us to enter into His rest. The first thing that Jesus tells us is that we either serve God 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7) or we serve mammon 24/7: There is no middle ground. I stress this point because most of God’s people not only think that they can serve both: We also think we must serve both if we want to survive and be successful in life. However, Jesus tells us just the opposite by giving us His blueprint for successful living, which is:
- Take no thought for your life (v.25&31).
- Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (v.33).
- All things will be added to you by Him (v.33).
Those who choose to live by this blueprint will not only enter God’s rest but they will also experience the success that their hearts truly desire. Psalms 37:3-7 says:
37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. 37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
When we live by Jesus’ blueprint for success we will cease from our labors because we have learned to trust in the Lords promise to give us the desires of our hearts (v.4) in a way that will also reproduce His righteous character in us (v.6). All of this will surely happen when God’s people learn to Rest in the Lord (v.7).
Both Matthew 6:24-33 and Psalms 37:3-7 teach a very key principle for understanding how to enter God’s rest. That principle is this:
When we are resting, God is at working: When we are working, God is resting.
Next week I am going to explore this principle more fully as we continue our series on, Entering God’s Rest.