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Seek heavenly things and share
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Mankind spends a lot of time seeking out the physical things of life. Some things are needed: food and water, shelter, and such. The sad thing is that many people only think about these things and not about anything else. Once a man with stage four cancer was heard to say, “When I was told my condition and went through years of treatment, I learned what was really important in life.” “I learned that God is the most important thing, and then my family.” This man now rally knows what is needed in life.

All people need to realize the need for truly seeking God, by studying and obeying His word. Things that have to do with providing the things needed to spend eternity in heaven need to be foremost in each person’s life.

Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). Those who only think about and work for the physical things of life are often disappointed because those things can disappear. Money can quickly be gone as has been seen time and time again. Natural disasters have swept away houses and automobiles in a matter of minutes. The one who trusts in God and lives to live for God knows that even if the earthly things are taken away, God is still there. He is a constant.

If a person understands the need for spiritual things, they know God must be a part of their life. They are willing to investigate the word of God and to find out what it is that God wants them to do. As they investigate the word, they are motivated by the things they read. They find out about Jesus the Son of God who willingly gave Himself for them. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” (Rom. 5:6 – 11).

Faith is produced in the individual by coming to know God through His word. That faith continues to grow as the individual grows spiritually.

Paul as he wrote to those at Rome said, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also” (Rom. 1:14 – 15). If a person has love to give back, then they will willingly obey God and become His child. Then they will have the love, the desire to carry the saving message to others. Again looking to Paul, it is seen how he had a great love for his fellow countrymen. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge” (Rom.10:1, 2). Christians are surrounded by others who have not learned of the love Christ had for them. The love shown by Paul, will cause one to take advantage of the opportunities that come their way to tell others about the gospel.

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