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Seek First the Kingdom

"Seek First the Kingdom of God and His righteousness", Jesus' advice to His disciples become increasingly difficult as we are bombarded with images of all the things we must have. Consumerism is at an all-time high as advertisers show us all the new gadgets that "simplify" life. 

But Jesus' words still ring true. His call to declutter our lives have the added benefit of reducing our stress level.

Seek first

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Seek first...

Seems simple, doesn't it? Seek, go after, desire to, endeavor to worship God above all things. What do we long for? What do we crave?

If our desire is for a deeper relationship with God we have to actively pursue it. We have to be intentional in our thoughts and how we spend our time. In the books we read and the videos we watch on YouTube or Vimeo or wherever.

We have to really think about how we spend our time on the internet and what we do on social media.

the kingdom of God

But what exactly is the kingdom of God you might ask?

I want to define it as anything related to Jehovah. Have you ever noticed how when one is searching for a hidden treasure even the smallest piece of debris thought to be associated with the treasure is cherished and sought after?

People seeking God should be like that. We should excitedly dig into His word as though looking for hidden treasure. We should breathlessly plan those moments when we come into His presence. We should hunger for more of Him. Our conversations should surround Him. We should be completely saturated in the things of God.

and His righteousness

The Bible tells us definitively that we have no righteousness of our own. Our only claim to righteousness comes through our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Philippians 3:9)

This tells me that part of seeking the kingdom of God means that we should desire a relationship with Christ above all else.

and all these things will be added to you.

We like to read this verse and interpret "these things" to mean riches. But the truth is, it really doesn't. I'm not saying that God doesn't want us to be prosperous here on earth (there are so many other verses that tell us that He does). 

However, when we study the verse in context we realize that Jesus was talking about our basic needs. 

"Do not worry saying what will we eat? Or what will we drink? Or what will we wear for clothing? For the Gentiles eagerly seek all things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33 NASB)"

Do you worry about providing food for yourself or your family? God is saying, "Don't worry about it. If you seek a relationship with me above all things, I'll take care of you."

How Do You "Seek First the Kingdom"?

One of the very best ways of seeking God is to spend time alone with Him. Do you wake up and hit the floor running? If your answer is yes, do you find that you run out of steam halfway through the day?

Humans were designed to be in communion with God. It is sitting at the feet of Jesus that we find the most strength (and the most pleasure). But as the pace of life gets faster and faster, we have to retrain our minds to slow down and make time for God. I encourage you to spend some time with Him today. You'll be glad that you did.

Matthew 6:33

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