Jesus told us to seek the kingdom of God. What He didn’t tell us is that besides telling us, He also empowers us to find it.
1 The wicked [those who do things their way with no regard for God] flee though no one pursues [their imagined fears get the best of them], but the righteous [those who seek God’s opinion and direction] are as bold as a lion [His Spirit energizes us].
The verse mentioned above is Matthew 6:33,
33 But [continually] seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things [food, water or drink, clothing] will be added to [provided for] you.
When I read that verse, several questions came to mind. Here they are:
- What is the kingdom? The kingdom is wherever Jesus is. If He is in our hearts, then the kingdom of heaven is in us (Luke 17:21).
- Whose kingdom is it? Since God and Jesus are one, then the kingdom of God is the kingdom of Christ.
- Who is King? Although God and Jesus are one, they still are separate to a degree. In fact, Psalm 110:1 says, “The Lord [God] says to my Lord [Jesus]: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’”
- Where is the kingdom? I believe that it is in two places simultaneously: In our hearts, where the Spirit of Christ resides, and all around us in a different dimension (or many). When COVID was big, we had an online Easter service. I had a scene over on the left part of the stage from which I “led” music. My pastor had a living room set up in the center of the stage. While he was speaking to the camera with his wife, I stood just outside of camera-shot. I could see the set, but I could also see the rest of the room, which included the tech team at tables near the back of the auditorium, as well as my own set over on the side. Heaven is like that to me. Life is what is being viewed onscreen while heaven is all around the set, but not visible on camera. This scenario shows us how God can be anywhere we are, “if I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths [Sheol], you are there” (Psalm 139:7-12).
- What is meant by seeking first? I think it means “above all.” When I was invited by the Spirit to follow Christ, I pledged myself to Him in F.A.I.T.H. which stands for “Forsaking all, I trust Him.” I choose to seek God and His will and ways first. I trust God because He is a loving God. Everything about Him must line up with love. Jesus taught us this, “For God so loved the world that He gave…” John 3:16. The apostle John said, “God is love.” TWICE! (1 John 4:8, 16).
- What else are we to seek? His righteousness. Jesus is our righteousness. Let’s seek Jesus!
- What things will be added? Everything we need for life in this world (until we go to be with Him there).
- What things should we subtract? Anything that hinders us from seeing Him.
The interesting thing about this verse is that it is fulfilled by Jesus when He sends the Spirit back to His disciples. It brings home and fulfills John 11:12,
12 From the time of John the Baptizer until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful people have been seizing it. (GOD’S WORD Translation)
Jesus advanced the kingdom right into their hearts! He did the same for us when He came to us and invited us to join Him. Aren’t you glad?! Me, too!!!
One more thing about the kingdom…tomorrow!
Abba, thank You that You have put Yourself, and therefore Your kingdom, in me. I know that one of these days, I will “walk off the set”: my body will be stripped away and Your kingdom will have full reign in my life. I can hardly wait! Until then, may I seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness–may I seek You! Fill me up, Lord. I want to be running over with You. Amen.