Seek Ye First

Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This is a very commonly quoted scripture, and with anything that is commonly quoted it is easily misread and misinterpreted. Interesting to pay attention to is what is addressed in the whole chapter leading up to these last two verses. Chapter 6 addresses:

  • Giving to the needy
  • Prayer
  • Fasting
  • Treasures in Heaven
  • Do Not Worry

All these points are not only markers of spiritual maturity but they address receiving your reward in Heaven, not on earth. If anything, they have a central theme of giving up or giving away your life. Give your money to people with less, give your time in prayer, give up eating and be sustained by God, and then your treasures are in Heaven. The end result is the option to choose peace, and not worry. A supernatural peace. A power that is not of this world.

Also in Verse 33 it speaks to seeking the Kingdom AND righteousness. Seeking the Kingdom and righteousness are one of the same. If your actions speak differently, then your faith is a lie. Remember a Kingdom can not be divided against itself. Jesus addressed this when He was accused of casting out demons by the name of Beelzebub. (Matthew 12:25-28)

The fruit of your life is evidence to which kingdom you serve.

This is not by our own power, but God’s. We are righteous only because He is, and Christ dwells inside us. (2 Corinthians 5:21, Colossians 1:27) And righteousness is the fruit of surrending our lives to Christ so that His light shines through us.

The truth of this passage is about the denial of the things of this world, so that you operate in a power that is not of this world. It is not coercing God to give you earthly things based on what you do, but walking in an eternal, Kingdom perspective. Salvation and gifts are based on grace, and grace alone.

The more we focus on the Kingdom, the more our eyes are elevated above earth and towards our God in Heaven. You will rise above your situation or cirmustance based on the perspective of your sight. If you are focused on earthly things, then your focus is on your circumstance. But seeking the Kingdom, and righteous living, will lead you above the trial you are facing. Life will not change, but your perspective will. It will align you with the true source of power which is Christ inside you. He will demonstrate that by giving you the grace to walk upright, and joyfully through the toughest situations life can throw at you.

I picked up a pack of Interstate Batteries the other day and on the back it said… “Tested. Trusted.”

Life is a test. You are being tested everyday, in every way, and the way you respond will dictate not only the responsibility God will give you on earth but in Heaven. You will judge with Christ, so it is important now to see who will operate by faith, and who will not. Those who operate by faith and obey a God they do not see, will be trusted by the God they hear and follow.

Oh, and “all things” means “all things”. Everything here passes away, but the riches of Heaven are eternal. If Heaven is with you, then what is earth? A Kingdom perspective pays dividends not just in the peace you receive now but in the tangible reward that awaits you. In a place where gold is common concrete used for streets, you have to ask yourself what amazing things God has for us that we do not even know?

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