“as a matter of course”

“Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.”

It is easy to worry.  I don’t have to let my mind wander very long to begin to worry.  The debt crisis, my income, my children, my health, my marriage and my business just to mention a few.  I was reading the words of Jesus in Matthew 5 & 6 and discovered the words above.  “Set your heart”.  Train you mind to think about these things is what this means to me.  What things?  The Kingdom and HIS goodness.  I do not think Jesus tried to hide his answers to life issues but made them very easy for us to find.  So I looked at the words near the quote above and found the following words from Jesus instructing us on what we should spend our time thinking about.

Jesus proclaims the new values of the kingdom

Then he began his teaching by saying to them,

“How happy are the humble-minded, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!

“How happy are those who know what sorrow means for they will be given courage and comfort!

“Happy are those who claim nothing, for the whole earth will belong to them!

“Happy are those who are hungry and thirsty for goodness, for they will be fully satisfied!

“Happy are the merciful, for they will have mercy shown to them!

“Happy are the utterly sincere, for they will see God!

“Happy are those who make peace, for they will be sons of God!

“Happy are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of goodness, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!

“And what happiness will be yours when people blame you and ill-treat you and say all kinds of slanderous things against you for my sake! Be glad then, yes, be tremendously glad – for your reward in Heaven is magnificent.

HIS goodness

“That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living – wondering what you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear. Surely life is more important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear. Look at the birds in the sky. They never sow nor reap nor store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you much more valuable to him than they are? Can any of you, however much he worries, make himself an inch taller? And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They neither work nor weave, but I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these! Now if God so clothes the flowers of the field, which are alive today and burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much more likely to clothe you, you ‘little-faiths’?

6:31-33 – “So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?! That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.

The Kingdom and HIS goodness are the things we should let our minds dwell on!

How do you know when you have the right perspective on life?  I think it will be reflected in those closest to you.  Your children, your spouse, your co-workers and your friends will see you as a person of hope and contentment when you set your heart on the right things.

I have to check my heart 100 times a day and ask God to change my heart to those things which matter most.  As I set my heart on the right things, everything else will come to me “as a matter of course”

Thank you Jesus for the words that pierce my heart and challenge me to be salt and light in the world.