One day these two words came to me and I decided some further insight was needed. I felt that it would be beneficial to know the difference between surviving and thriving and living for God’s kingdom. I think of surviving as something wild animals do. They live outdoors, always looking for food and shelter. Unfortunately there are some people who are living this way, just surviving. Matthew 10:31 tells us we are worth more to God than many sparrows, so I know God didn’t intend for us to just survive. How many times has some one asked us,” How are you doing?” and we respond ” surviving.” Well, I don’t know about you but I want more! I want more from my life than just looking for my next meal and wondering if my needs will be met. I remember something Jesus said about the life He gives. In John 10:10 Jesus said, The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. See, Satan wants us to just survive and not really live. He wants us to be caught up in our own survival so that we can’t focus on anything worth eternal value. Have you seen the show Survivor? You can see from watching this show what surviving does to people. It turns them evil and then adding the love of money to it and they are doomed! But Jesus said He came to give us life to the full and to enjoy life! In order for us to do this we have to be thriving! And how do we thrive in life? We follow the Holy Spirit. It came to me that if I am truly following the Holy Spirit in every step I take it, He will lead me to the life that is full and I will enjoy it because I know I am in the will of God! Jesus wants us to enjoy our life and to thrive! When we are thriving we can then focus on other people and overflow His blessings to them. This is called Kingdom living.
The scripture Matthew 6:33, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well, has been a significant one in my life as a follower of Jesus. When I heard it the first time was during Whitney Houston’s funeral when Bishop Jakes talked there. I can still remember his voice saying this scripture and me hanging on the words trying to understand the meaning. At first, for awhile I have thought it means to put God first in my day, my life and He will take care of me. I do think it has this meaning but there is also a deeper meaning or maybe another meaning to me since I have matured. I have been thinking what “His righteousness” means. Jesus is our righteousness which means right standing with God. Only through Jesus can we have right standing with God. So, to seek His righteousness, I need to seek Jesus. Since I am born again, I already have sought Jesus and now have His righteousness. I have put Him first and now I have right standing with God and have access to God’s Kingdom living. Because this is true, God gives me everything else I need.
This gives way to delighting myself in God. Psalm 37:4, Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. Another word for delight is captivate. When I have great pleasure and captivate myself with Jesus and God, He gives me the desires of my heart. What He wants us to desire is Him first. A heart that desires God above all else is the delighted, fulfilled person. Not only that but God directs the steps of the one who delights in Him and establishes his way. Psalm 37:23, The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way [and blesses his path]. So, God will direct which way to go in life and you have the assurance that you are living in His will and purpose for your life. And to make it even better God blesses your path. Your life will be full of blessings!