The Kingdom of God: Seek First

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33 NIV

Jesus was clear.  The Kingdom of God is not something that should come second place.  It should take priority in all of our lives.  The Kingdom of God is often mistaken to be speaking of a future eternal dwelling place.  This is not true.  As we discussed in an earlier posting….the Kingdom of God is for the here and now.  Jesus said that we are to “seek” the Kingdom.  I tried to research a great and deep meaning of “seek” in the Greek language.  All I really got was that seek means…….wait for it.   Seek.  🙂

Why is it that we care more about the affairs of the current kingdoms of the world?  It always bothers me when Christians go hyper-political.  I understand that we are citizens of our respective countries.   We have civic responsibilities that need to be taken into account.  However, it bothers me when believers act as if there is no hope because of which party is in office!!!!!   As if that really mattered!!!  The Kingdom of God is at hand whether your political party wins or not.  Jesus was not a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or from the Tea Party.  When we make our partisan politics a priority…the Kingdom of God takes a back seat.  When we spend more time campaigning for candidates than proclaiming the Gospel…the Kingdom becomes second.  Jesus doesn’t think that Rush is right or that Chris Matthews is playing real “Hardball”.  Bill O’Reilly & Keith Olberman speak of a different kingdom.  Jesus doesn’t side with Nancy Pelosi or Sarah Palin.  Jesus doesn’t tune in to Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, or NBC.  Oh,and Jesus for sure doesn’t watch Pat Robertson and the 700 club.  🙂  Why?  Because God’s Kingdom is.   When we make our focus on their kingdom than the Kingdom of God is last.

This “seek first” doesn’t just apply to politics.  It applies to every aspect of life.  It is so easy to be distracted with life (Matthew 6:25-32) (food, shelter, clothes, drink) that we lose sight of Kingdom living.   Jesus promise is that if we seek first the Kingdom of God….that all of “these” things will be added unto us.   What do you think the “these” is referring to?    Food? Clothes? Shelter? Drink?  Or in context is it the whole of his message from the Sermon on the Mount?   I’m sure the false “prosperity” Gospel has a heyday with a certain interpretation of this passage.  But is the accumulation of material blessings all we get from God’s Kingdom?  I have a hard time swallowing that one.   

The Kingdom of God is God’s rule over all of creation.  It is the ways of God lived on earth by people.  When we seek first God’s Kingdom…we are inviting heaven to crash into earth.  When we seek first our own “kingdoms” the world continues down it’s destructive path.   What are you seeking?  

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2 thoughts on “The Kingdom of God: Seek First

  1. What you said, “The Kingdom of God is at hand whether your political party wins or not” is definately tweetable. I can’t say much about the Kingdom and being a good citizen because I’m still not sure about some stuff. But what I will say is that I’ve been greatly challenged when it comes to politics. If I live within the Kingdom of God, and am a citizen of it, then what am I on earth? Do I have dual citizenship? Or when I chose to living within the Supreme Government, am I now just a representative/ambassador to our nation? Should I vote? If so, can I vote for people or should I refrain and vote on propositions instead? Would Jesus vote at all? Would he support anyone? If not, should we then not support a candidate? What about party affiliations? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE WITHIN GOD’S KINGDOM IN A SECULAR KINGDOM?

  2. This can be pretty difficult to work/live through. However, I still believe that God wants us to be “good citizens” here on earth. For example, when he speaks about “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”. I think what Jesus was saying is that we still a vital role to play in earthy politics. My beef comes when people get so jacked up about these earthly kingdoms that they lose the power and meaning of the Kingdom of God.
    Paul also goes into detail about our respect and obedience to civil government in Romans. I think there is a balanced approach. But a believer should live with more hope and conversation about God’s Kingdom.

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