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January 3

Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33 – NLT – “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”

This is our theme verse for 2021. I also really like the way that The Passion Translation puts it. “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the
righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.”

“Seek…above all else…” “Constantly chase…” These phrases led me to choose our theme word for 2021. “PURSUE”! The Greek word translated “Seek” implies being continually absorbed in a search for something, or making a strenuous and diligent effort to obtain something. In other words to “PURSUE” something.

What is something that you have “PURSUED” in your life? Was it a certain deal on Black Friday? Was it your dream car? A spouse? A new house? A toy that your child really wanted? When you PURSUE something, you give extra effort to track down that thing, to do what is necessary to attain it. It is not passive. It is active. It requires effort.

And Christ refers to 2 things He wants His followers to “PURSUE”. (1) “His Kingdom”, meaning, His rule to be demonstrated in our world. (2) “His Righteousness”. Through the Spirit’s help, we must PURSUE to obey the commands of Christ, to let His fruit grow in us and overflow out of our lives to the world.

In 2021, let this be a year that you “PURSUE” Christ and let Him flow out of you to your family and co-workers around you. These 21 Days of Prayer & Denial is a way for you to be active, to passionately chase after Jesus. To demonstrate in a practical way that you WANT Him above all else. “SEEK JESUS ABOVE ALL ELSE…”

What is something that you have pursued passionately in your life? Can you think of a time when you have pursued Jesus like that? What could it look like to do that now?

Pastor Todd Pope
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