“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
As Christians this is a command for us, to seek first the kingdom of God. But it’s a command with a promise attached to it. But what does that even mean to seek first His kingdome? It means that all we do, our jobs, our decisions, our day to day life come back to seeking God’s will and His purpose for our lives. It means consulting with Him on the big decisions of life but also it means consulting with Him on the little decisions of life. It means spending time with Him and asking Him to direct our path. And it means trying to live our life in a way that will bring glory and honor to Him. That’s what seeking after His righteousness means. Are we living in a way that is seeking His righteousness?
Everyone may have a different response to what it would look like for them to seek His righteousness. Everyone would have a different struggle. But, for me to first answer that question, I have to check my attitude and my every day life. What I struggle with most is a negative spirit seeping into my thought processes. Oh my mind can go off on a rail so quick with negative thoughts if I am not careful. And before I know it, I may as well be sitting in a corner whining because I am thinking no one likes me or wants to be around me. I have to fight those negative thoughts. I have to remind myself I am a daughter of the King and there is no room for those negative thoughts. Because the truth is, when I get myself in a pattern of negative thinking, who would blame people for not wanting to be around me? Many times we are our own worst enemy in this department. Negative thoughts breed a negative attitude. Who wants to be around someone with a whiny negative spirit all the time?
The next thing in my attitude I have to check is my worry. And that is addressed in the previous verses from this one. In this passage Jesus was teaching the disciples about not being anxious for their food and clothing. God does not want us to worry about the things in our day to day life. What God wants us to be concerned with is His seeking His will for our lives and His righteousness, right thinking and living. Jesus points out that God clothes the flowers with His splendor and glory and He feeds the animals, but we are of much more value to God than they are. If we are seeking Him, seeking His direction and His will for our lives, the everyday what we will eat, drink and be clothed with will fall into place.
Please understand this promise is not for us to never have another worry or care in life. We will, but when we are seeking Him, we know where to go with those worries and cares. We know to bring them to Jesus. And we know to lay them at His feet and let Him work those things out. I wish I could tell you I never let the worry or the negative seep in, I do. But when I am in a right frame of mind and I am seeking Him, I know where to check those thoughts. And I know how to bring them back to Him to seek His righteousness.
The bottom line is, we have the promise from God that when we are seeking Him, His will and His purpose for our lives, that the day to day things of life will fall into place. When we are in God’s will, there will be provision for our needs. We may not have the latest sports car or the designer fashions or the fanciest house but somehow our day to day provisions will be met. I’ve seen it, I’ve lived it. In our family we have had times when we were doing well in life, by some standards, and we have had time when I prayed over what the grocery bill would be when I was about to walk into the grocery store. Or prayed for the Lord to stretch that tank of gas until payday. And somehow God always came through and our needs were met. Oh Lord Jesus, please help me to remember to always seek your kingdom and let you worry about my needs!