“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…”Matthew 6:33
Matthew 6:33 is a powerful verse. It says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This verse of scripture is included in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. For me, it sums up verses 25-34. Leading up to this verse, Jesus states we should not worry about our daily essentials: our clothing, food, and drink because our Father knows we need these things. We are told that the Gentiles seek after these things. In verses 25-32, He gives a couple of examples why we should not worry about these necessities. In the first example, He said, look at “the birds of the air, they neither sow, nor reap, nor gather their food into barns” because our heavenly Father feeds them. In the second example, He tell us to “consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” To say it plainly, we should not worry about our daily essentials. Jesus will take care of us just like He take care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field.
It is hard not to worry about our essentials needs in life sometimes due to some of the challenges we face amid hard times. Those challenges could be homelessness, hunger, unemployment, sickness, or lack of finances to take care of our daily needs. Anxiety over our daily needs can be paralyzing and hinder our spiritual growth. It is during times like these that our faith dwindles. Nevertheless, Jesus tells us not to worry about what we need. When we pray, Matthew 6:11 encourages us to ask God to, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” The Apostle Paul says it this way in Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Besides this, Roman 8:28 compliments Mathew 6:33 by saying “…we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Sufficient is today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
So, what does it mean to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?” Does it mean attending church every Sunday and prayer meeting every week? Yes, but it also means we must obey God’s will for our lives. It means to desire God’s righteousness on earth. It means to first seek God’s will for our lives and His divine purpose for His kingdom. It means not putting our desires and needs before God’s will for us. It means going against the way the world does things and fulfill God’s will for our lives. We are to be ambassadors for the Kingdom of God and stand and speak up for the things of God. You and I have the duty to represent God’s name through our words and actions. In I Timothy 4:12 we are told to “Be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” We are to obey the Word of God, strive to be like Christ and let our light shine before men so that they may see our good works and glorify God in heaven.
Are you worrying about tomorrow, or are you putting your faith in God?