72. The Wrong Reason

“I have a friend,” Stan said and then continued, “we are not as close as we were once, but we are still friends.”

“I remember as clearly as if it just happened, but shortly after I became a Christian, he came for a visit.”

“Almost the first thing he said to me was about the importance of having a personal relationship with Christ.  Since I was so surprised to hear him say what he did, I pursued the matter of how he had come to the truth.”

“He was quite athletic and loved to play basketball.  He had become involved in a church basketball league, part of which involved Bible study.”

“Through that, my friend had come to the truth.”

“That’s a great story, Stan.”

“Yes, it was a great story, but it took an unfortunate turn shortly after that.  The fellow who was leading the Bible study was killed in a plane crash.  My friend could not understand why God would have done such a thing and decided he did not want anything more to do with God.”

“Has your friend ever changed?” I asked.

“No.  I have tried with him many times, but his heart is cold toward God.”

“I think he was more interested in basketball and the person that got him involved than he was in God,” Stan continued.

Going on, he said, “I have seen that more than once.  It verifies the absolute essential nature of what is to be at the core of my relationship with God.  I am to seek Him and Him alone, without any ulterior motives built around self and what I am seeking apart from Him.”

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Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33.

Prayer:  Lord, you know my tendency to seek what you provide rather than just seeking you for the sake of seeking you.  Please help me with having the right focus and to only seek you, your kingdom, and your righteousness, and to leave everything else in your hands.  Amen.

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