Don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.—Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
Immigrants are seekers. In many cases, they leave their country in search of food and drink, clothing and shelter. But all immigrants long for something beyond their basic needs. They desire the opportunity to abound, flourish, and prosper in life. Sure they want to fulfill their needs, but they also hunger and thirst for personal development. They seek friends, love, and pastimes; learning, education, and personal betterment; justice, respect, and self-esteem. They set themselves on the goal of whole lives.
Knowing human nature better than anyone else, Jesus tells us that our longings should center on the Kingdom of God. When God reigns in us, the final objective of life becomes our starting point. More than anything else, we need a relationship with our Creator, with the Author and Perfector of Life. When we begin with the end, the rest of life falls into place.
Immigrants do well in seeking a whole life, but they will never find the totality of their longings until they find God and submit to God’s Will.
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Dr. Joseph Castleberry is president of Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. He is the author of The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America’s Faith (forthcoming in August 2015, Worthy Publishing). Follow him on Twitter @DrCastleberry and at http://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Castleberry.