“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)
Again we consider the Amplified translation of Matthew 6:33:
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
The words aim and strive enlightens us to the fact that seeking the Kingdom requires intentional effort. Our lives are bombarded with stimuli, persuading us to consider how much better life would be with this new product. Have you ever noticed how many food commercials there are? What about for smart phones and devices? How often do you send and receive text messages? Do you ever lose track of time watching sports programs or reality TV shows? The latest lawn care, hair care, and healthcare commercials fill the airwaves with things we “need”
If you don’t aim or strive to seek the Kingdom FIRST, don’t worry, you will not find it. You will end up spending the rest of your day “trying to fit God in”.
This is not how God expects His people to live. He wants to give you the best routes to work because knows on a certain day that there will be an accident that will cause traffic to back up. He wants to inform you not to eat a certain type of food because it affects your energy levels. Instead of defending yourself against a certain person, bring them a gift and tell them to have a great day. His way may not always be the most comfortable way, but it is always the best way with the best results. All of the other things you need will be added to you.
How challenging is the Kingdom way to our way of living life by our own rules and thinking? Consider this:
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Lord Jesus was telling us every way He could that this is not an easy path to take. The “old you” will fight tooth and nail to resists the discomforts of following Christ. (See our New YOU series Jul 21-Aug 9, 2016)
As we learn to defer to the Kingdom way, our path will be enlightened and we will walk in the victory the Word of God promises us, and most importantly live a life that’s pleasing to the Father.