31“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)
So you may be thinking, “I understand how important the seeking is, but what exactly is the Kingdom?”
Let’s look again at Matthew 6:33, Amplified:
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 Kingdom of God at its most elementary definition is God’s system of operation or how He does business. Jesus is telling us that the priority of life is not food, drink, and clothing, but finding out how God operates or wants to operate in a particular situation. The Kingdom of God is also the government of God. God is King of His Kingdom and it operates according to His expressed will and desires.
Jesus gave several illustrations of His submission to God that I believe much of the present-day church does not understand, know, or maybe even avoid altogether.
In Prayer Jesus said:
2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Luke 11:2 (NKJV)
In action, Our Lord said the following:
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. John 4:34 (NKJV)
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. John 5:30 (NKJV)
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 6:38 (NKJV)
Can you SEE what I am saying?
The King wants to take care of all of our needs, but we must learn to seek the needs of the Kingdom first. Are you constantly trying to make life work? Are you just scraping by? Check your priorities, maybe you are “self-seeking” instead of kingdom seeking. The Kingdom Way requires a completely different way of thinking. Every need that Jesus ever had was met, but it was never His focus. His focus was accomplishing the will of God for His life.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
We are Christians, which means, we follow the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ. We can never truly operate as effective Christians without seeking and doing His will.
Seek the Kingdom first and you will always please God.
I pray you were enlightened by the Word today.