Weekly Devotion: Matthew 6:33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Jesus commands that we seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first. He means we seek the things of God before seeking food, clothing, and other physical needs. Jesus says that if we put God first, “all these things” will be added to us. In other words, God will provide for the physical if we pursue the spiritual.

Lord, thank You for Your provision in my life. Please help me to remember to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness before seeking after my physical needs. Help me to trust You to provide according to Your promise in this passage.

Four Great Inventions: Papermaking

Back around the time of Christ, the Chinese were busy developing a thin material that could be used to write, print, and package. After a good deal of trial and error, paper as we know it was invented.

While paper in modern times is of course made in industrial quantities by machine, the paper of yesteryear was made by hand – individual sheet by individual sheet.

As it became more widespread, the Chinese found other uses for paper such as making tea bags and paper money.

So the next time you enjoy a glass of tea or make a purchase with paper money, please remember to pray for China!

Weekly Devotion: Matthew 5:14-16

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

We are the light of the world. We should be in a place of prominence to be seen by as many as possible. We can’t hide. Hiding defeats the whole purpose of being light. People should see our light and give glory to God!

Lord, thank You for making me light in Christ. May His light shine through me so that this world will see and glorify You. Give me boldness to shine from the hilltops. Let me be used of You.