First Things First

Notice the flow of Jesus’ thought: First, He pronounced a blessing on those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Next, He told His disciples to ask their heavenly Father, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Then He instructed them in fasting, which is one way of expressing our desire for spiritual nourishment. After warning against seeking this world’s goods more than God, He now urges them not to worry about food and drink. His reason? “Is not life more than food?” First and foremost, we should long for that which sustains our soul, desiring spiritual food for what does not perish more than physical food for our mortal body. As Jesus told those whom He had fed by the side of the lake, we are not to be obsessed with getting “the food which perishes, but” aim first to acquire by faith “the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give” us (John 6:27). Our current sinful body will die, but the soul will survive for eternity. The question is, In what state? Where? In hell, or in heaven? In outer darkness, or in everlasting light? Eternally alienated from God our Maker, or enjoying endless happiness with Him? That is why Jesus warned His follower, not to” fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, but rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” ( Happiness comes from aiming at the right goals. Finding eternal life ought to be our highest priority. Everything else is secondary. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” After all, “Is not life more than food?” (Matthew 10:28).