From Pastor’s Desk
On behalf of my wife and myself, I want to sincerely thank all of you for the numerous ways you have welcomed us into your lovely Church and community. It has been over a year since we arrived here at Totowa UMC to begin our ministry anew. We thank God and thank each of you for receiving us to be part of your ministry here. You are blessing to us, and we pray that we may continue to bless your lives.
“But seek the first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
“First things first”; I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve said that to myself. It sounds so simple and yet it’s a guideline for life that we seldom heed. When I have really busy day ahead of me, I find that it is often helpful to sit down and write all of my tasks on the piece of paper.
Then I look at what I have written and try to decide which of the things listed is the most important, and the second most important, and so on. Beginning with the most important task, I then put my mind to each task, one at a time, until they have all been accomplished (hopefully!). Priorities, sometimes the best way to get things done in life is to set priorities.
Our highest priorities should be those things that touch the most lives and have the longest effect. The things that will have eternal result should be given the highest priority. That’s probably what Jesus is teaching in the verse quoted above. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” Jesus said. If people could learn to make God’s kingdom a priority in their lives, then everything else in life would fall into line. If people learn to focus their attention on their service to God, God would not leave them in want and “all these things shall be added to you.”
Do you think that Christians today are true to that teaching? Do Christian churches today place more importance on seeking the kingdom of God than on any other aspect of Church life? Or are there any other mundane concerns that often keep the Church from fulfilling her highest priority? How about our own Totowa United Methodist Church? Are we as the People of God truly seeking to serve God and bring God’s Kingdom into our midst? Or aren’t our minds and hearts so occupied with other earthly concerns that we fail to make God’s kingdom business our highest priority?
The Kingdom of God; in all that we do during our time together, let us seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else will fall into place. Jeanne and I are very excited about ministering among you. We are looking forward to our time here with great anticipation. It is our hope that your excitement and your anticipation will join us ours as together we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
In God’s Service,
Pastor Andrew Paek