Rev. Greg Haseloff – “The Kingdom Swallowing What You Do”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
Our career, our vocation, and our spiritual gifts are all connected in bringing us to a unique “sweet spot” in the mission of God. What will our life look like if we have looked first for His kingdom—if an increasing amount of the time we breathe every day is in pursuit of Jesus’ kingdom?
In the 19th century the sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe challenged her concerning the use of her gift to write: “If I could use a pen as you can, I would write something that would make this whole nation feel what an accursed thing slavery is.” This exhortation was in perfect alignment with Harriet’s gifts and talents and compelled her to her “sweet spot” in such a way that she responded, “I will write something. I will if I live.” Her penning of Uncle Tom’s Cabin played a significant role leading to empathize with the plight of the slave in the decade prior to the Civil War.
How do we seek first the kingdom of God? Scot McKnight’s words are helpful: “Let God’s kingdom work swallow up what you do…..If the kingdom of God is about justice, love, peace, wisdom, and moral commitment, then you are summoned by God to let your life speak justice, love, peace, wisdom, and moral goodness – wherever you are and whatever you do.” (McKnight, One Life, p. 156)
- Rev. Greg Haseloff, Associate Dean & Campus Chaplain