Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Commands of Christ - Matthew 6:33

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." -Matthew 6:33

What does this command require?

Pursue with primary importance God's kingdom and God's righteousness.

What truths do we learn through this command?

Being concerned for God's kingdom is more important than what you will eat, what you will drink, what you will wear, and where you will live. The tangible things in life seem so important to us. We think to ourselves, "If I don't find food and clothing and shelter I won't be able to live!" What we need to keep in the forefront of our minds is that God, our heavenly Father, is already caring for these aspects of life. He is your Provider. He takes care of the tangible things so that we can focus on the unseen, spiritual reality.

God's kingdom is made up of God's people. The task of believers is to share the gospel and to add to the kingdom of God by making disciples wherever we go. Nothing else should challenge our concern for God's kingdom. Not food, not money, not clothing, not fame, nothing is to take precedence over the kingdom.

God blesses those who have their priorities straight. "All these things shall be added unto you." Put the kingdom of God and his righteousness first and He will add all these things to you. What a promise! What motivation to seek first the kingdom!

What are the consequences for disobedience to this command?

Unfruitful life, lack of blessing, failure to seek the kingdom, failure to seek God's righteousness.

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