Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…” (NIV)
Seek – the word is sparsely utilized in the modern age, let alone contemplated. But what we seek is significant to God because it confirms the heart’s inspiration and our spirit’s longing. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus encouraged us to seek God’s kingdom above all. This signifies a departure from the tendency to consume our thoughts with ourselves in order to embrace a mindset that makes God the primary thought. Seeking God is not intended to be a one-time experience. Jesus implied it is to be continual. Daily.
When we seek God we find joy. In living for Him we discover contentment. Seeking God’s kingdom exposes us to a world of compassion, mercy, and love. We receive the help we need to let go of the canal life, which is typified by fear, selfishness, and regret. When our original thought is to seek God’s kingdom we inherit a superior priority system. Helping others becomes more vital than helping ourselves. The inclination to covet possessions, or exercise pride, is replaced with God’s supply of satisfaction and humility. Living for God’s glory, rather than our own, becomes the gratifying and enriching experience.
Everything Jesus did was with the heavenly kingdom in sight. He was not consumed with materialism, or acquiring eternally inconsequential possessions. He was committed to spreading God’s light, and sharing the divine truth. Christ was not concerned with building a temporary empire on earth; He was concerned with fortifying an everlasting existence for mankind – an existence He made available through His sacrifice. Jesus emphasized that a blessed life begins with a believing life – a life that is fixated on God’s kingdom first and foremost. Seeking His kingdom is the praiseworthy ambition. Serving Christ is the noble pursuit.*
Kevin Orr (10/3/2018)
*This blog post is extracted from portions of my self-published, now discontinued, book titled “Love Has Come: A Twenty-Eight Day Journey Through The Gospel Of Matthew”, which was originally published in 2010 (Pleasant Word, a division of WinePress Group)