Seek ye first…
As is the case with verses memorized when I was a child, I can’t seem to get rid of the “Ye”. But included or not, one of my most favorite verses is Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
We really like the promise of this verse; that all these things will be added to us. We love that God will take care of us and we love that he will provide for us the things we need. In the context, it is clear that he is discussing food and clothing and yet, we can easily expand it beyond food and clothing when we read “Are you not of much more value” than the birds and lilies.
We take great comfort and rest in the idea that God will just do what we need. We seem to forget something too. That all of those people in the world, you know, the ones who are NOT seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness…they also are getting food and clothing.
Mat 5:45 For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
So it isn’t like we are getting special treatment in the food and clothing area, is it?
No. What makes the difference and what makes us different is that we follow after God. Jesus said to “Seek”. This is a word that we do not use often today and which most people would equate with “look for” but I would like to suggest that it should be “diligently look for”. There is an effort and urgency in the word “seek” There are also two things we are supposed to seek.
1)His kingdom (or His rule). that is, the way he wants things done, a place where His laws stand and are followed. 2) His righteousness, that character or quality that is His of being right or just.
No matter how you slice it, you will soon discover that this means we look to follow God and we look to become like God. It doesn’t happen overnight but that is what we should put our efforts into. You will also note that “first” means before all other things.
Too many Christians are focused on the food, clothing and temporary things. They are focused on the education and the degrees they can get. Our highest calling is to serve God and further His kingdom. If we can do that and get a degree then ok, but God comes first. If we can do that and accumulate wealth, great, but God comes first.
If you do not know what to do, it is a good sign that you are not reading enough of the Scriptures because the Scriptures can equip a godly man/woman to be prepared for every good work. 2 Tim 3:15-16
Seek more, trust more. Read more, Do more.