“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
We are going in to our second week of the New Year and many of us are holding tight to our “New Year’s resolutions”. But before we all set sail on our personal journey, Matthew tells us, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…”
How will I pay the bills? How will I have a successful career? Will I ever get married? We have all been preoccupied with one or two of these questions or one similar, but Jesus calmed his disciples by giving them a higher purpose. He told them not to worry about their needs in this world, but to instead seek God’s kingdom, having the promise that their heavenly Father would then also meet all those needs; “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”(Luke 12:32) As Christians, seeking the Kingdom of God should not be an isolated action, but a way of life through prayer, fasting, and waiting. It’s impossible to get close to God’s Kingdom if you’re not engrossed in His word daily. The bible is alive and believe it or not, this is the key to unlocking the gates of heaven.
The primary purpose God allows any of us to be born here on earth is to please and glorify Him while we are down here. Doing so has both current and eternal ramifications. Striving to enhance daily, one’s personal relationship with the living God through our obedience to His Word and His call in our life to engage in ministry to others, is the absolute most important thing we can do! Everything else springs forth from this , and is secondary!
Availing oneself to God to help others come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ so that they may be saved from their sins as well… that they too can begin to seek after glorifying God in every way. You may be the only bridge to victory others experience. If you have something someone needs, GIVE IT TO THEM! If someone needs your help, HELP THEM! Someone may need you to pray for them, START PRAYING! someone may need to feel loved, LOVE THEM! “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”(Matthew 6:1-4)
Most people who struggle with God have yet to either comprehend and/or make HIM their PRIMARY reason for living, which IS to diligently seek HIM. If you consider yourself to be a Christian, but the sin/s you keep committing is no big deal to you, then it’s possible that you are just looking to Jesus to be your “fire insurance policy — keeping you from going to hell on Judgement Day, rather than purposing Him to be Lord of everything in your life. If one is hardly interested in bringing and giving God glory with their time, talents, treasures, thoughts, and attitudes, actions…overall obedient behavior, It may be a huge reason why God has shut off His blessings in your life. This leads to the question, are you a giver?
Giving reveals the heart of the giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 declares, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Did you know that giving moves God into blessings? When God asks us to give from our heart, He is only testing us to see if we have turned our blessings in to an idol. Remember God gave us His only Son, so that we may have eternal life.(John 3:16) When we all come to the realization that all blessings come from God, giving to others will become second nature.
So what does it mean to seek God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness? It means to pursue them, to devote our priority time, energy, creativity, wisdom, experience, abilities, physical and financial resources to developing God’s Kingdom and demonstrating God’s righteousness.
A proper understanding of what it means to seek the kingdom of God has profound implications for those who put it in practice by confidently seeking righteousness and eternal life:
1) Regularly pray so that you will have more and more of God’s righteousness, rather than being led astray from the path of eternal life by Satan and the cares of this life.
2) Focus on the Father’s promises so that you may be free from anxiety and restless toil for earthly things and realize that HE will provide you with everything you need and will compensate you with eternal life for whatever lesser things you sacrifice for the sake of righteousness.
3) Put the things of this world in proper perspective so you may generously give your resources, including money, time, and energy, to express love for others.
4) Forsake the values of this age, do righteous deeds to please God, not to receive respect or approval from men. Strive for righteous thoughts and unseen acts as well as visible righteous acts.
In short, remember that in the age to come, God will exalt those who humble themselves now, as he has raised his Son after his humiliating death. Jesus concluded his sermon, “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who builds his house upon the rock…” (Matthew 7:24).
By Pastor Peter Okereke Jr
The Living Word Ministries
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