But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
Jesus spoke these words to help us put the material and the spiritual in perspective. He had discussed our typical day to day concerns of life such as food, clothing, and shelter. He concludes that aspect by stating in verse 32: “(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things”. The Father knows that you need these things. We do not have to deny our material needs.
What does it mean to “seek first”? “First” here does not mean first in time. Jesus did not say we should first seek kingdom things, and after we have done so, we can now seek other things. It means first in importance. It should be the priority and the most important thing in your life. And yes, that would subsequently mean first in time in many cases, but it means more than this.
You do not need a prophet to tell you your priorities in life as a Christian. You do not need to pray about it. Just look at what you do with your time, money, resources, talents, as well as the things that occupy your mind, emotions and desires and you will immediately know your priorities in life. Jesus commands: the kingdom of God and His righteousness, the things of God, and doing His will in your life should be your priority in life.
What is the meaning of the word “kingdom” in this verse? How does it relate to righteousness? ( Romans 14:17).
APPLY THE WORD
The degree of materialism that has crept into the Body of Christ is disturbing. The average believer puts his or her material needs first before thinking about the things of God. Sadly, money and materialistic tendencies have so infiltrated ministry that I often cannot help but weep in my heart. Make up your mind that doing God’s will in your life( that is what the kingdom really is now) will be your priority.
Ask the Father to help you and us all as a Church to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.