“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
I am not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions. A few day ago I heard someone on the radio describe my own feelings perfectly when they said, “If I need to change something in my life, why wait till the new year. Now is the perfect time to start.”
The new year does give us a chance, however, to reflect on what has past and look forward to what is to come. With this in mind, I have decided to take this opportunity to refocus. And is there a better passage to refocus with than today’s scripture?
It is a verse that is well known and for that reason is often overlooked. But today I am asking myself what it means to seek first the kingdom and his righteousness.
To get over my preconceived ideas of what Jesus was really saying, I want to first point out what the passage is doesn’t say.
It doesn’t tell us to put Jesus first. It doesn’t tell us to do the right thing. It doesn’t tell us to give away all our money, or pray, or read the bible, or become a missionary, or an evangelist. It doesn’t tell us that everything will be fine and life will be easy. It doesn’t even say you will get what you want.
There is nothing wrong with these things, of course, and if you have been asked to do any of these things then you should do them and trust God to provide for you as you do them. But this is not what this passage is talking about.
Seeking his Kingdom is not about full time ministry, or winning people to Christ. It is not about prioritising church events, or spending hours helping out with a church clean up. It is not about spending time in prayer and daily devotionals. It is not about reading the bible from cover to cover.
These may be the results of seeking the Kingdom and his righteousness, but they are not the starting point.
The starting point is an encounter with the King. You must desire to see what his Kingdom is all about. You must know in your heart the plans God has and realise that there is no better place to be.
When you meet the true citizens of this kingdom you come to understand what it is all about – a single purpose, a single mind, love, peace and unity. All brought about by the king’s own son, Jesus.
He has opened the gates of the Kingdom for us to come in. Let’s not hesitate to enter through those gates and discover that within those walls we will find everything we need and so much more.
Let’s not just follow Christ, let’s seek out the Kingdom of heaven and find our true home. Let’s renounce our citizenship of this world and instead become a citizen of heaven. It is only there that we can find all the resources we need to live life to the fullest.