"Therefore take no thought. . . . But seek ye first the kingdom of God" (Matthew 6:31, 33).
Christmas is a great time to reflect on Kingdom matters, bringing us all welcome relief from a stressful election and having to tolerate the constant barrage of "bad" news from across the globe.
Our Lord's command, of course, was not for us to dwell on the evil surrounding us, but to remember that He is intimately aware of us, and that He will supply all our needs. The caveat is: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness . . ." (Matthew 6:33).
Christ emphasizes in the Sermon on the Mount that the places and things we treasure will determine the focus of our hearts (Matthew 6:19-21). We cannot -- must not -- have "two masters." Luke records the parable of the rich man who hoarded his wealth, only to forfeit his soul before he could take his "ease" (Luke 12:16-21). Surely all of us understand that true riches (Luke 16:11) are not found in the wealth of the world, but in heavenly treasure (Mark 10:21). Kingdom treasure is the dividend for a life of trust and obedience (Philippians 2:12-13).
My Family -- I Timothy 5:8
My Church -- I Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 10:25
Other Christian Ministries -- I Timothy 6:17-19
General Charity -- II Corinthians 9:8-9
The ministry of ICR is sustained as the Lord's people share their God-given resources. As you wrap gifts this season for your loved ones, please consider a special year-end gift (mature assets, gifts-in-kind, etc.) along with your regular giving. Merry Christmas!