Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
A few "background" things flowed into this poem.
Some days ago I realised anew what "seek first the kingdom" means. I have been getting hurt a lot recently because I put too much hope and too much thought into a particular thing happening. I realised I would get hurt a lot less if I focused on doing the work of God instead of thinking permanently about that thing and getting my heart broken over it. God will give it to me in time, if He wills it - and till then doing His work is a better way to spend my time than getting upset and worried.
The line "Don't stand there staring / up into the sky" waltzed in half-way... it actually comes from something my father said in a sermon on Acts 1. After Jesus ascended, the disciples were staring up into the sky - the angels had to come and prod them into action. While writing I had to think a bit about something Jesus said in connection to His return: that we need to be ready and in service
, so that when He returns, He finds us active and doing what He commanded us to. Read it in Luke 12:35-48 [link]
I find a much more important thing than figuring out when the "end time" is and interpreting signs is to actually do
what Jesus commanded us to, because for all we know, He could come in half an hour!
The third thing probably slipped in because I'm preaching about it tomorrow: "Don't look at what's missing / but work with what's there." I'll be speaking on the Feeding of the 5000 and the one of the points is basically just that: working with what's there, even if it's too little, like Jesus did with the 5 bread and 2 fish, and trusting God to provide the rest (which He did in that instance), and not let our means limit our service. Which fits nicely with Matthew 6:25-34 [link]
- not worrying