Don’t Worry–Seek First the Kingdom of God

Seventh, do not worry because God shall provide all these things if you seek Seek-first-1first his kingdom. Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).

In v. 32, Jesus said “the Gentiles seek after all these things.” Then in v. 33, Jesus said, “But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Jesus is saying the Gentiles seek first all these things. But you, the Christ-follower, are to seek first the kingdom of God. Jesus is saying the Gentiles seek after all these things. But you seek only one thing—the kingdom of God and his righteousness. The Gentiles devote their energies for all these things. But you are to devote your energy to the kingdom and the kingdom alone.

The kingdom of God is the rule of God. To seek first the kingdom is to obey first the rule of God. To seek first the kingdom of God is to make obedience to God’s will the priority of your life.

When I was a young new believer, someone asked me if I would attend choir practice. I said, “No,” giving my excuse. He answered, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God.” I attended choir practice. I could never forget that.

Many people describe serving in church as seeking the kingdom. But the church is not the kingdom. The kingdom is the rule of God. Singing in the choir or worship team is not seeking the kingdom. Rather, it is the expression of the kingdom. Serving the Lord is not seeking the kingdom. But it is a manifestation of the rule of God in your heart. Going to church and worshiping God is not seeking the kingdom. Rather, it is the indication of the kingdom.

Jesus said, “Seek the kingdom and his righteousness?” What is the righteousness of God in Matthew? In the Sermon on the Mount, the righteousness of God is the righteous will of God in the teaching of Jesus. We have spent many months studying the true will of God in the Law, as interpreted by Jesus. The righteousness of God is the righteous will of God in the Law as taught by Jesus.

Therefore, do not worry because God shall provide all your needs, if you seek first the kingdom of God.

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