But Seek Ye First...


...But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Matt:6:33

What does God have to say to us about our life concerns? According to Matthew 6:31, The Lord Jesus tells us, “Do not worry.” He is not saying that we don’t need all the necessary things of life (food, clothes, ect.); because in the same portion of scripture He says, “For your heavenly Father knows that you need All these things.” (Matthew 6:32)

God cares about us having these things. He wants us to have all these things. In fact, He wants all these things added to us. And He tells us that the way these things are added to us is by us seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Therefore, our number one priority every day is to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. It is not to seek to add these things to ourselves.

What is righteousness? Righteousness is not right behavior. It is right standing with the Father. It is the clearance of all your guilt, which makes you able to stand before God. It is not something you get through right behavior. It is a gift from God. Paul calls it “the gift of righteousness”. (Romans 5:17) And to “seek” this gift is to be conscious of the fact that you have it, to confess that you are righteous in Christ.

So this righteousness we are told to seek is not right behavior, but right standing before God, which comes to us as a gift when we receive salvation.

At the cross, Jesus didn’t just remove our sins, He also gave us His righteousness so that today, we can come boldly before the throne of God and receive freely everything that He died to give us!

Today, if you want the good things in life, be assured that your Heavenly Father knows that you need these things. Just seek His righteousness, not your own righteousness, and “all these things shall be added to you”!

He’ll take care of all the divine setups- all the background work to bring you the provision you need and desire.  So, Believe His Promises as you put Him first and go forward in what God has called you to do in your life and in His Kingdom.

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe