Seek First is a short, symbolic adaption of Matthew 6:25-33. The purpose of the film is to visually interpret these scriptures in order to magnify their truth. Our hope is that this film will encourage and strengthen those who are fearful and anxious and that it will serve as a reminder that our God is a good father who provides for all of our needs.
Do not worry about your life. What you will eat, what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear."
God has provided Jesus as our very LIFE. Jesus himself IS our FOOD, our DRINK and our CLOTHING. Anxiety and fearfulness is unnecessary for children of God, because we have a good father who has provided all of our deepest needs in His Son.
God's ways are backwards compared to our ways. Human wisdom says that if we want to be taken care of and if we want our needs met then it is our responsibility to make it happen. It is our responsibility to DO and it is our responsibility to WORK.
Human wisdom is all about SELF-PROVISION. In other words, human wisdom teaches us that if we want to avoid physical, emotional and spiritual starvation and nakedness, then we must anxiously put forth our energy and self efforts to accomplish for ourselves what needs to be done.
Jesus taught us that anxiety and self-provision is unnecessary for those who are in relationship with God. Sons of God do not need to provide for themselves because we have a good father who loves us, knows what we need, and is more than willing and desirous to provide our needs. Sons of God are to be like care-free children who have Christ's peace ruling in their hearts as they are trusting in all of God's promises of provision.
These words of Jesus are about GOD’S PROVISION vs. SELF PROVISION - faith vs. works - spirit vs. flesh - grace vs. law.
LOOK AT THE BIRDS & CONSIDER THE FLOWERS
Birds and flowers do not work to make sure their needs are met, yet God provides for them. How much more will he provide for his children who simply rest in Him?
The ultimate fulfillment of this teaching of Jesus IS Jesus himself. God does not expect us to anxiously "toil and spin" to provide for our spiritual food, drink and clothing, because he HAS provided all these IN HIS SON. So when Jesus teaches us here to not worry about our life, he really is leading us to himself. Jesus himself is God’s answer to our worry and anxiety.
Don't worry about your life...
WHAT WORK MUST WE DO TO PROVIDE FOR OURSELVES?
"Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." - John 6:28-29
Jesus in John 6 is communicating the same truth as he is in Matthew 6.
"Seek first the kingdom of God."
"Believe in Him whom he has sent."
In both places he is saying that our anxious work to provide for ourselves is unnecessary. The only "work" for us to do is to SEEK FIRST God's kingdom by BELIEVING in all that Jesus is for us - every day, moment by moment.
Children of God do not have to be enslaved to anxiety and fear. Our father knows what we need and he HAS provided and IS providing all that we need in Christ (Philippians 4:19). Like the birds of the air, the flowers of the field and like a child with his loving father, we are called to live in peace and rest in Christ Jesus.
WHAT YOU WILL EAT
Jesus is our spiritual food, whom we eat to have true life (John 6:33, 35, 48, 51). When we eat Jesus, his very life is in us producing the fruit of the spirit through us.
WHAT YOU WILL DRINK...
Jesus is our "drink." When we drink Jesus, rivers of living water flow out of our hearts (John 4:10-14).
WHAT YOU WILL WEAR...
Jesus is our spiritual clothing (Genesis 3:21 - Romans 13:14) - our righteousness that we can put on to cover our spiritual nakedness and bankruptcy before God.
"It is finished." Our father, in Christ, has done all of the work for us so that there is nothing more for us to do to provide for ourselves.
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