by Michael Gilbert
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.”
To “seek” something demands concentration and effort. Such is the case with the kingdom, the church of Christ.
Before all else, God’s children must earnestly search out, find and promote the church. After all, Jesus “gave himself for it” (Eph. 5:25) and he is the “savior of the body” (Eph. 5:23), “which is the church” (Eph. 1:22-23).
Hobbies, recreation, entertainment, work and family cannot take priority over edifying the Lord’s body, the church.
To love Jesus means to love the people He loves, and Jesus loves the church. So much so that He redeemed it “with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).
Friends, we cannot love Jesus unless we love the church, which is His people. To promote Christ is to promote the church. To promote the church is to promote the Savior of the church.
Prior to his conversion, Paul was asked, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:6). Who had Saul been persecuting? Luke tells us plainly, “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord…” (Acts 9:1). To persecute the church equaled persecution of Christ. Therefore, to promote the church means to promote the Lord who saved us!
Friend, are you living for Jesus by building up the church (Acts 14:22)?