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Seek ye first the Kingdom of God

January 07, 2022
By Paul Williams

As many people contemplate making New Year resolutions or setting goals for the year, I wonder if we really think about what should be our first goal. What should be the primary goal of every Christian?

Christians should primarily focus on the thing Jesus said to “seek first”—that is, “the kingdom of God.” Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

As part of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed the common questions each of us faces in order to survive (Matthew 6:25-34). How am I going to meet my needs? Will I have food and drink? Will I have clothing?

Addressing these questions, Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (verse 33, KJV). In essence, Jesus was cautioning us not to worry about these human concerns and to instead place our greatest priority on seeking God’s Kingdom.

Why we must seek the Kingdom of God – God commands us and wants us to focus on our relationship with Him and His righteousness over anything else. This year our first efforts must be focused on loving communion with God.

How we can seek the Kingdom and God’s righteousness - Jesus’ teaching included instruction on how to seek God’s Kingdom: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Repentance and belief are the two foundational steppingstones by which entrance into this glorious Kingdom will be permitted. In order to believe the gospel, we must know it – spend time in His word.

We are now convicted of our need to live by every word that comes from God and Christ. As Jesus noted, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

What we gain by seeking the Kingdom of God - When the coming Kingdom becomes our focus—when we make the decision to live by every word of God—that changes who we are.

When we make our primary focus seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, God promises to provide for our needs. He doesn’t promise to make us unimaginably wealthy. He doesn’t promise that we’ll eat only the finest and most delicious foods. He promises that He knows our needs and that He will take care of them.

If we keep His Kingdom at the front of our mind (instead of third or fourth on our to-do list, or just something we’ll get to when we have the time), we will realign our “needs” to His priorities and He’ll bless our efforts to provide for our needs.

 

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