Seeking the Kingdom

It is easy to get caught up in the cares of this life, this world. At every turn we are confronted with a new need, whether by necessity or circumstance. When we find ourselves in debt, or for most of us, further in debt, we have a renewed need for more income. We then seek a new job, a better job, or another job.

Should we get sick, we then seek medical consultation. We look for a cure, a medication, or relief from what makes us ill. Perhaps our vehicle breaks down and the better solution is a new vehicle as opposed to sinking money into a sinking ship.

Maybe we just “need” to stay current. Does the possibility exist that, maybe, we need to keep up appearances? Do we create a need before one actually exists? Some of these things can’t be helped, but some of them can. When it comes to these situations or circumstances, who are we trying to please? What is our real motivation? I suppose the real question is this: What are we really seeking? Are we trying to be pleasing to ourselves? Are we attempting to impress? Are we trying to be pleasing to others?

Above all things, we should be pleasing to God. In so doing, we should first and foremost be seeking His kingdom:

Matthew:6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Colossians:3:2: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

If we will first seek the kingdom of God, He will add other things to us. By first seeking God, all other things become secondary. When He comes first in your life you have given Him the proper place in your life. If you are willing to put Him first, and you are then given those things which you need or desire, He is glorified. If you seek these things and obtain them yourself, you have put yourself above Him.

God only wants what is best for us, and all things work for the good of those who love Him. If having a right relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior is not the priority at the top of your list, you are not seeking Him first. Sometimes, things must be removed from our lives so that our priorities are corrected. There may be times when we do not realize some of those things we desire or “need” are the very things we may allow to put separation between us and our Savior.

We must trust Him. We must lean on His word and not our own understanding. We must walk by faith, not by sight. These are the steps that we need to follow. I will be the first to say that it is easier to say these things than do them, however, experience is still teaching me how true His word is. The more I need Jesus, the less I “need” other things, indeed, the less I want any other things.

Let us this day be more resolute in our pursuit of His kingdom. When these other things are added to us, let us praise the One who has provided. Finally, let us encourage others, let us be examples to others and of the goodness that is God. In all things and at all times give all the praise to Jesus who is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

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