2018 Resolutions

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”—Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

The above verse is one that’s very near and dear to me . . . literally. Allow me to explain.

When my wife and I were married more than twenty years ago, we exchanged rings. That, in and of itself, isn’t all that unusual. However, what made our ring exchange unique was the fact that both of our rings had a specific Scripture engraved on the inside of the band, a Scripture that others looking on wouldn’t see, but it would be known to us and it would be a governing reminder for the duration of our marriage. That Scripture is Matthew 6:33.

We chose this verse above all others because we believed it to be a promise that would not only see us through the many ups and downs of married life, but of life itself. According to Jesus, when we make His kingdom and His righteousness our primary focus, He is faithful to provide all we need.

Our marriage hasn’t been perfect. But more often than not during the past two decades, we’ve applied Matthew 6:33. And true to His Word, the Lord has added all we have needed as a couple—emotionally, financially, relationally, etc.
  
But this isn’t just a great verse for marriage. It’s truth transcends every variable of life. It applies to anyone, anywhere, anytime, at any stage of life. When the Lord is the first focus in one’s life, He provides all that’s truly needed—body, soul, and spirit.

Here’s why this passage is particularly important on a day like today. We’re being bombarded by voices telling us what new resolution we need to adopt for the upcoming year. “Sleep better, exercise more, eat better, read more. Turn over a new leaf by upgrading your kitchen, your car, your phone, your pillow, your whatever.”

What if we resolved to live each day of the upcoming year according to the truth in Matthew 6:33? What if the Lord was our primary focus in all that we did, said, and thought? What if seeking Him first moved from being a stated value to an executed value? It will be a year unlike any other . . . and a resolution to live by with each passing year of our lives.

DIG: What is the promise of Matthew 6:33?

DISCOVER: How much of an impact did this verse have on your life over the past year?

DISPLAY: In light of Matthew 6:33, what is your resolution for the upcoming year?