Get Those Weeds

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus proclaimed that people should not worry about such things as food or clothes. He pointed out that birds neither plant crops nor harvest them, yet God provides them with food. God makes flowers beautiful, yet they don’t have to work for it.

Human beings are far more valuable than birds and flowers. So why should people ever worry about the mundane things of life? Jesus insists that God knows what people need and he will take care of them. Therefore, people should simply focus their energy on doing God’s will. They should not spend the energy they need now on what hasn’t yet happened. Jesus told the audience, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

Martin Luther, the Reformer of the 16th century, was busy hoeing weeds in his garden. One of the men from his congregation came up to him and asked, “What would you do if you knew Jesus was going to come back tomorrow?” Without looking up from his gardening, Luther responded, “Well, first I’d finish getting rid of these weeds.”

Seeking God’s kingdom is not only preaching or being a missionary in a distant land. Seeking God’s kingdom is not being religious. Seeking God’s kingdom is something you do as you perform your necessary tasks every day. Seeking God’s kingdom is hoeing your garden, repairing your car, doing your homework, cleaning the bathroom, playing with your children, or going to work. Seeking God’s kingdom is not forgetting who you are in Christ. Seeking God’s kingdom is your life. Seeking God’s kingdom is to always do the will of God, in everything you do.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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