What are You Seeking First?

What Are You Seeking First?

(Matthew 6:33)

  • “Seek first His [God’s] kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

The Lord Jesus uttered these radical words in His Sermon on the Mount. In the previous verses, He states that we are not to have great concern about earthly things, such as what we eat, what we drink, and what we wear. These are the very earthly matters that are of great concern to the world. The magazines, newspapers, radio, and television all emphasize the delights of what we eat, the pleasure of what we drink, and the fashionable clothes that we must wear to be in style! God, as a loving heavenly Father, knows that we have basic needs in life. He will provide what we need, although He may not provide such blessings in abundance.

After stating what we are not to seek, He tells us what we are to seek. We are to “seek first” (not second, third, or tenth) God’s kingdom! The term “kingdom” comes from the Greek basileia and means God’s rule, reign, dominion, authority, and kingly power (Pershcbacher, The New Analytgical Greek Lexicon, p. 68). Furthermore, we are to seek first God’s “righteousness.” This term is from dikaiosune and denotes “righteousness” or “uprightness as the compelling motive for the conduct of one’s whole life” (Arndt an Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament) or “the sum total of the requirements of God” (W. E. Vine, The Expanded Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words).

Therefore, Jesus tells us that we are to have as our priority God’s rule in our own life and we are to do all we can to extend this kingly reign in the lives of others. Further, we are to have as our priority God’s righteousness. We must strive to obey the will of God with all of our heart and must seek to walk in righteousness before Him, then we must seek to bring others to this righteous way of living as well.

How revolutionary! Instead of seeking after the pleasures, pursuits, and pastimes of the world, our chief occupation must be to live under God’s rule and walk before Him in absolute holiness, doing what is right under all circumstances! Is this true of you and me? Are we honestly seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness?

Richard Hollerman

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