Do you remember D.O.G., F.R.O.G. and WWJD? Were you of the generation who wore bracelets, carried pencils and flaunted t-shirts with those letters on them? Or were you that generation’s mom? Or younger sister?
A quick recap: the acronyms stand for Depend on God, Fully Rely on God and What Would Jesus Do, respectively. They were catchy, fun and easy for camp kids of all ages to remember.
When did I lose that? I wore that WWJD bracelet for years, then faithfully saved it in a keepsake box when I decided I had outgrown it. I might still have it. But did I also outgrow that dependence along the way? When did I decide that I could F.R.O.M.? (Fully Rely on Me!)
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says to “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you as well.” Somewhere, somehow I rushed into the ‘all these things’ and left His kingdom and His righteousness behind. The result? I’m tired. I’m anxious. I’m worried sick I’ll totally mess up all these things I’m responsible for and in control of. Oh wait…I’m not in control. Depend on God. Depend on God. Depend on God. Depend on God.
A quiet voice is reminding me: Be still and know that I AM God. I am Emmanuel. You are not alone. I am with you, even to the end of the age. Behold, I am making all things new. My plans are perfect, declares the Lord.
Some thoughts on seeking first His kingdom and righteousness….and leaving your independence behind:
- Depend on God. When you’re pacing the floor with that crying baby; when you’re waiting at the doctor’s office for that diagnosis; when you’re at work and your mind is wandering in all directions – PRAY. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16) The world NEEDS your prayers and God is faithful to answer.
- Fully Rely on God. The Bible is the Living Word; it is the breath of God, the Sword of the Spirit. How can you afford not to dive in? We all like the idea of the Spirit of God rushing over us and giving us knowledge and wisdom of all things all at once. But you know what? Sometimes He’s asking you to put in the hard work and pore over those pages – expectant of the revelation of His will, His presence and His power to flood from within.
- What Would Jesus Do? Practice what He preaches – model your life after the Jesus who gave His life for you. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5) Forgive. Be kind, gentle and honest. Obey Him in all things. Reverence Him above all else.
- Expect the need for grace. Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of your faith. He who started a good work in you WILL carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. ‘Rome was not built in a day.’ God knows what He wants to accomplish in you and He knows it will take time. Trust Him. He is making all things (you!) new.
Psalm 27:4 says, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”
What will you seek first?
I think I’m going to S.H.I.F.T. (Seek Him in Faith and Trust) my thinking and see what it looks like when His kingdom and His righteousness are first in my life. I’m going to ‘wait upon the Lord’ and let Him renew my strength. I’m going to take His yoke and His burden upon me, because they are easy and light. I’m going to give the reins back to Him. Because you know what? I was never holding them in the first place.