In a nation of plenty, we sure do want a lot. It doesn’t matter how much “stuff” people have, the average American wants just a little bit more. If someone is homeless, they want a permanent place to live. If they are renting an apartment, they want to buy a house. If they own a house, they want a bigger house. Does that process sound familiar? We are forever not satisfied, always wanting more.
In many areas of the world, wants are a little different. People don’t want luxuries so much as necessities. They want food. They want clothes. They want shelter. I sometimes find myself wanting something nicer and get called back to this reality by God, and it’s convicting. Jesus spoke to people in situations where they were wanting necessities: food, drink, clothing, shelter. Even in those situations, there is a greater priority. “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:31)
In our restless search for more we often become so obsessed with the focus of our desire that we forget who we should desire. If our quest for more leads us to the finest homes, the richest foods, the most engaging people but draws us away from God, then the whole process is meaningless. We are called to seek God’s Kingdom even before we worry about our daily needs. Once we get our focus on God, the rest of life falls into place. God finds ways to take care of our needs.
At the same time, if we have our needs met and still have more, if we are seeking God’s Kingdom first, we will be willing to share out of the overflow to meet the needs of God’s people. A proper response to the love of God we experience in seeking God’s Kingdom is to help others. Some would use this verse to justify a lifestyle that shows off great wealth with huge homes, expensive cars, and fast personal jets. Maybe, just maybe, we will recognize a greater need, a need to help God’s people, if we seek Him first.
Lord God, when I seek You, I see a world in need. You have provided so much to me. Open my eyes to the needs of those around me and help me to realize my need to be Your distributor to people who have physical and spiritual needs.