Our house in the middle of the street…our house

Anybody remember that song? The song is a story of the chaos of family and life.  Dad is late for work…mom has to iron his shirt…dad is in his Sunday best…Mom has to take a rest…brother has a date to keep.
Is your house in the middle of the street?
If there is one thing in life that is confusing and disillusioning for a child it is growing up in a lukewarm household.  This reality applies to everything.  Lukewarm discipline…I get in trouble some days when I do this and other days I do not.  Lukewarm parental love…mom and dad act like they love each other every once in awhile but not very often.  Lukewarm faith…we go to church some and are taught about true Christ-following, but we do not do it.
Is your house in the middle of the street?
Matthew 6 teaches us the life-guiding principle “seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be given to you as well.”  I want to apply this principle in a practical way.
We seek the Kingdom of God when we serve in the Kingdom of God.
     So when making a time or money or life decision ask these questions…
     Will this help me seek the Kingdom of God?
     Will this prevent me from seeking the Kingdom of God?
We seek the righteousness of Christ when we submit to Christ.
     So when making a time or money or life decision ask these questions…
     Will this help me seek the righteousness of Christ?
     Will this prevent me from seeking the righteousness of Christ?
So the application is pretty straightforward and some decisions are easily made because of those two questions…but many are not.
We must go back to another chaos preventing principle.  Live intentionally instead of reactively
Here is the question for the middle…why?  Why am I making this decision?
And here is the principle…motive makes the middle.
When asking whether you should ask why you would.

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