Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”
Soren Kierkegaard once considered what sort of effort should be considered when seeking the Kingdom of God.
Should a person get a suitable job in order to exert godly influence?
The answer was “no!” We must first seek the Kingdom of God.
Should we give away all our money to feed the poor?
Again the answer was “no”, we must seek the Kingdom of God.
Perhaps we should go out and preach the truth of Gods love to the world?
Once again, the answer was “no”, we must seek the Kingdom of God.
“The person who does not seek the Kingdom of God first, does not seek it at all”Richard Foster
Without the source of our effort first originating with God, everything we do will be a practice in either legalism or asceticism (religious self-discipline).
What does it really mean to seek the Kingdom of God?
The idea Jesus was relating in Matthew 6 was in regards to where our treasures lay. What is our priorities in life? Whatever we seek after has to have a starting point, regardless of where we hope it will end. The KIngdom of God is the starting point.
John 3:5 “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
Seeking after the Kingdom of God is first knowing who is King over the Kingdom and that King is Jesus.
Entering into God’s Kingdom is not as simple as traveling over land and sea to find some hidden land, this Kingdom is not of this world. Knowing and understanding God’s laws is important in knowing what is required for entry.
Yes, you have to be perfect to be a citizen of God’s Kingdom so a quick survey will give us a clue as to who can get in:
- You can’t buy your way into this Kingdom.
Matthew 19:24 “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
- You can’t be a sinner.
Ephesians 5:5 “For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
- You can’t go on your own accord.
John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
- You must accept God’s method for entry.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Why is seeking God’s Kingdom first so important?
If you don’t understand your position before God, you won’t understand the ways God works, what His expectations are for His people, or how to follow.
Coming to Jesus is first understanding your need for His grace. The moral law makes that need evident by revealing sin. By accepting Jesus’ grace, you accept His perfection and gain access into God’s Kingdom.
The one who has been shown grace and accepted it has had righteousness imparted to them and God’s righteousness is perfection.
First things First
Soren Kierkegaard was reminding those who wanted to walk in righteousness that without first having the righteousness of God, you cannot do righteousness on your own.
Power is endowed by the Creator. The people of God who dwell in His Kingdom, do God’s will, not their own.
We can never forget our priorities when it comes to works. Good works come from a good God and once we realize that, our work becomes fruitful.