Undoubtedly our generation, amongst others, is more often than not fixated on the future. We are wondering what major to pursue, what school to go to, what job to take, who to marry, what car to buy, and the list goes on and on, seemingly unto eternity. There is some validity in these things, as they are all of importance to varying degrees, but as with anything, if the perspective is not quite right, the bearings will wear and give way over time. If we are quick to focus heavily on external matters and things within this world then we will likely miss the working our Heavenly Father has in plan for us. It takes a perspective shift

Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

We recently discussed this within the EC body, the imperative to put our focus on the day at hand and be truly intentional to be “all in” within the moment we find ourselves to be in. This is very in line with what Christ taught. Yes, it is wise to make diligent plans with wise counsel, and prayer and seeking future steps are all well advisable and highly encouraged by myself as well as the Word of God.

The danger is when you always have a focus on the future, especially if it is bent towards yourself. I cannot help but be reminded of the Parable of the Sower, where seed was cast amongst thorns, found in Matthew 13. These thorns are representative of the cares of this world. If we are not careful and allow for our seed to be cast amongst thorns we may find that they are choked out when the pressure to make decisions or the desire for comfort increases. These are not evil things per say, but when placed before our love for God and our desire to abide in His ways they steal us from true life, life found in His presence.

All this to say, that amidst a very busy and trying season of life, while school is intense for the last few weeks, weather is kinda gloomy, purchases are to be made for Christmas, and other trials are going one, take heart in God and make His Kingdom and His Righteousness your focus! If we are faithful to abide in Him the rest of life will find its way as the Spirit of God leads and guides you through His abundant grace and wisdom.

It is a blessing to seek wholeheartedly after our God

Be seed planted in good soil, seed that grows to be healthy and bear good fruit

Kevin Stelzer

2nd Year Student Blogger