Matthew 7:7,8 - "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
You know that I mean business when I start off with scripture right? Well I heard a message last Sunday morning that has been very challenging to me ever since. The main part of the message was not about Matthew 6:33 or Matthew 7:7,8. A small portion of the sermon I heard did mention it though. But it has been that little portion of truth that I have been ruminating on ever since.
When it comes to church processes or models of church growth, I am sure we could pull out a plethora of data that shows us the best way to build a church in the era in which we live. There's a number of theories or plans that we could follow that could easily put us on the right path toward mega-church status. God revealed something to me last Sunday morning that makes some of these processes or models seem a little bit trivial. The idea that He revealed to me was simply Matthew 6:33: Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
I believe this revelation is a simple one. One of the main keys to seeing the church become what God intended through His son, to reach the masses God intended and to have the impact God intended, is to simply seek His kingdom first. Don't seek the money it takes to raise your budget, the tools needed to do the job, the advertising it takes to get the word out, etc. Simply seek His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.
I bring up Matthew 7:7,8 because this portion of scripture paints a clear picture of the type of seeking we are supposed to do. Our seeking is supposed to be CONTINUAL. The Greek verb tense used in this portion of scripture, especially in verse 8, implies continued action. So according to scripture, we shouldn't just fall to our knees once to receive a Cadillac Denali (I hope you get the hint of sarcasm - because a lot of the time when we think of this verse we always apply it to monetary or material gain), we should continually fall to our knees, continually asking, seeking and knocking. In fact try this sometimes, don't fall to your knees for a material or monetary boost. Fall to your knees and start to continually seeking the Kingdom of God here on earth, and watch all the things that God can give to you and to the church.
It's all a matter of priority I guess.