What comes to mind when you hear the word Pagan?
- Animal sacrifice?
- Some sort of crazed debauchery?
Sure these sort of things can definitely accompany a Pagan lifestyle.
But Jesus informs us that Pagan living is not always so sinister.
Matthew 6:32-33 For the Pagans seek after all these things (food/drink), and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Jesus tells us that the essence of “Pagan” living is to live life as if God is removed from us… resulting in our frantic pursuit of temporal things in hopes of controlling our future.
Do you see that?
Pagans live as if God is uninterested and removed from life. To be clear I am not talking about atheism. As far as we know Pagans were incredibly religious people with their own “theology”.
So we could say of the Pagans:
The god’s were important to them but they themselves were unimportant to the god’s
Unfortunately, this is how far too many Christians live their lives.
As if God is removed from them… somewhere up in the clouds… or on an extended vacation.
Jesus contrasts this Pagan living with the life of a Christian. One who rests from striving after temporal things and controlling their future and simply trusts in their Heavenly Father.
So it could be said of a Christian:
God is important to us and we are important to God
1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.