“… Seek first the kingdom of God …” Matthew 6:33. Jesus talked about the things we need on earth. He knew man would have to put on clothes, eat, and drink. He knew a time would come for technology to develop so much that people cannot live without them, Yet He said we should not worry about them. Whenever I start to think about this particular verse in the Bible, the first question that pops into my mind is; How possible would it be for one to forget or pause all he’s doing and focus on God’s kingdom ?
What Jesus meant was that in all our daily activities, the first thing we should consider is God, Him (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. From the world’s point of view, it is impossible but as a child of God, all things are possible, and you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. We would consult Him before we act.
Heaven is our home therefore it would be unwise to build for ourselves treasures on earth. Our focus must be on God and His Kingdom everyday. Before we make any decision, we must consult our Maker to see if that would please Him. Surprisingly, “we make God our last resort; we turn to Him at the last hour. We search for wives, riches, strength, happiness, families, etc. before God.” – De Preacher. When all hope is gone, that is when we turn to Him. In 1 Samuel 23 “One day news came to David that the Philistines were at Keilah stealing grain from the threshing floors. 2 David asked the LORD, “Should I go and attack them?” “Yes, go and save Keilah,” the LORD told him.”
God wants us to be happy and prosperous in all we do. He is not a heartless, and a selfish Father who loves to see His children suffering. No, He is not. He is generous, Kind, loving, compassionate, etc. He wants us to seek His Kingdom first. When we are living in His Kingdom, anything is Possible. He comes close to us, He lives in us, and He has a rich relationship with us through His Spirit. God feels so sorry for us when we spend time fighting and struggling for physical need. We fight for what will make the flesh comfortable and ignore the soul. Remember what Jesus said “ what good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Matthew 16:26 (NIV)
For us to make right decisions that would make us live better as we journey to Heaven, we must seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto us. Matthew 6:33 (KJV). In 1 John 2:15-17, we are told not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. For everything in the world – the craving of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but the world. The World and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Do you want to live forever? Seek His Kingdom.
Jesus wants us to store our treasures in heaven as that is more rewarding. Everything we see would pass away. When Hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes rumors come out, I see most people leaving their house, cars, businesses, etc on TV. To those people, the important thing, at that time, is their LIVES. Why can’t we pick lessons from those disasters? “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20. (NIV)
We can seek the kingdom of God when we store our treasures in heaven. In other words, when we say no to the flesh and its desires, and make heaven our focus, knowing that everything on earth would pass away. “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21
Benefits of seeking God’s kingdom first:
- Eternal life. we would live a righteous life and make our way through the narrow gate
- Happiness. we would happily enjoy our wealth on earth.
- Death would be a gain. we wouldn’t be afraid to die because we know that our greatest investment is awaiting us in heaven.
- The flesh would be crucified: The flesh would no longer dictate for us. we would be free from the law of sin and death
- Better life in Christ: everything we do will prosper. Our lives would be testimonies for others.
Seek ye first his kingdom.