Friday, December 3, 2004

First Things


Going over some research for Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church, I came across this item and filed it for future reference. It does not pertain to my book, but it does pertain to my heart. It comes from Basil the Great (circa AD 330-379), a Christian leader and teacher from Cappadocia:
The time which you lend to God is not lost. He will return it to you with large interest. Whatever difficulties may trouble you, the Lord will disperse them. To those who have preferred spiritual welfare, He will give health of body, keenness of mind, success in business, and unbroken prosperity. And, even if in this life our efforts should not realize our hopes, the teachings of the Holy Spirit are none the less a rich treasure for the ages to come. Deliver your heart, then, from the cares of this life and give close heed to my words. Of what avail will it be to you if you are here in the body, and your heart is anxious about your earthly treasure?
Homily 3, “On the Firmament.”
Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 8
Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

There is only one priority — seeking God’s kingdom and His way of doing and being right. Everything else flows from that. Its all good.