Seek His Kingdom First
Matthew 6:30-34 (KJV) “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying What shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth you have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Jesus said this in His sermon on the mount, and I ask you to read the verses while taking note of the bold text. “But seek ye first the kingdom of righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This is the first step towards living the way God wants you to and beginning to truly serve Him.
Jesus is saying that God cares and provides for the grass in the field, likewise He will provide for you because He knows what you need. But first you must seek His kingdom.
What Does This Mean
This verse is easy to take out of context, and many people have taken it to mean that they will gain riches and never have to work or do anything for themselves because, “God will provide.”
Paul wrote in the New Testament in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
God makes it clear that He expects man to work for his sustenance but He promises that if you do work and serve Him; He will provide for your needs.
In Proverbs 14:23 (KJV) Solomon wrote, “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Penury means poverty.
Also, in Proverbs 12:11(KJV) it is written, “He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.”
Don’t take this promise out of context, God expects you to follow His commands and live according to His will. Seek the Kingdom of God and He will provide for you, if you work for that provision.
Many people will read these scriptures and wonder why they must work. The answer is sin, and God’s punishment.
In Genesis 3:19 (KJV) when God is punishing Adam and Eve for original sin God tells Adam, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Labor was part of man’s punishment for disobeying God, and we are not immune from this punishment.
How to Seek His Kingdom First
Every day you face choices. How much time will you devote to God? How much time will you devote to gaining status, or riches, or glory among men? When you begin to spend more time on the things of this world you are not seeking His kingdom first.
This is hard to do; the world does not want you to seek God. It will punish you for it, and you will be persecuted, in Proverbs 29:27 (KJV) it says, “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.”
The world will think of you as an abomination, merely look at the constant criticism of Christianity in the world to see this scripture proven true.
The choice is yours, attend to the spiritual before the physical and His blessings will outweigh the world’s punishment. Even if you suffer in this life you will gain eternity.
This is the first step in following God’s will. As such you can expect the first of blessings, your basic needs being met. As you grow in the Word you will experience more of God’s blessings, and understand I’m not saying you’ll receive wealth or an easy life. The apostles suffered and they were the most ardent followers of Jesus.
You will begin to notice changes in your life. In my life, my wife and I are at a high point in our relationship with each other, the biggest change we’ve made is that we’re seeking God first. Together and separately.
My stress about life has decreased, I’m no longer worried because I know I am seeking God. I believe His word when it tells me He will provide. As I learn more of His will for our lives, I strive to live in a manner that is in accordance with what He wants.
Make The Choice
Make the choice to seek Him first. You will find Him, Matthew writes in Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV), “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh recieveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
God tells us to seek Him, He tells us that when we do, we will find Him. Like all things in Christianity it is up to you to choose the Word over the world and begin acting in faith.
Start seeking His kingdom first by reading your Bible more, praying more throughout the day, not just in the morning and evening. Be thankful instead of just needy in your prayers, He wants you to talk to Him in good times as well as bad.
These things are simple things, but they are hard to do consistently. With so many distractions it’s easy to forget, or simply ignore them.
Just take the first step, God will gladly lead you to Him. Go in faith and you will not be led astray.