Seek God’s Kingdom First

Opening Prayer: 

God I know that You are all powerful and all loving.  Help me to seek my place in Your kingdom, where Your will is done and where there is eternal happiness.

 

Read: Matthew 6:28-34, NIV

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

 

Reflect: 

A kingdom is the realm wherein the will of the king is done.  The Kingdom of God is the dynamic spiritual realm where God’s plans and purposes are being fulfilled.  If we seek to live in God’s kingdom, we are desiring to mesh our life with His.  We want to get involved in His enterprises.  That is what Romans 8:28 is talking about when Paul states that “In all things, God works for the good of those who are called according to His purpose.”

In today’s passage from Matthew, Jesus is offering a special blessing to the participants in God’s kingdom.  Their needs will be met.  This comes from two directions.  God’s provisions will be there in a manner that is healthy and a true blessing.  As we conform our priorities to God’s plans, some of our wants will be wanted no more and some of our needs will seem more like wants.  In short, we will care less about the things of this world that have little value in God’s Kingdom 

The last part of this passage is noteworthy because Jesus says that worrying about tomorrow is pointless since we can do little about it anyway, but He goes on to say that tomorrow will worry about itself.  I take this to mean that God is already working out the details of tomorrow because unlike us, God can effectively do something about tomorrow since He is not constrained by time and place.  God will work things out.  We are more useful to God and pleasing to Him if we do not hinder and complicate His work by trying to help.

 

Apply: 

We must train ourselves to replace worry with faith and to look to God as our provision.  It is still our responsibility to strive for excellence in the daily activities that are ours to accomplish.  We should do our work as if Christ were our master, because He is, and leave the results in His care.

 

Closing Prayer: 

God help me to live a life that is not careless, but rather is care free; where I do what seems right and good but I leave the results to you.  Help me to trust you with everything.

Terry Schneider