Seek First

27 Feb

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:31-33

Short verse, but there is a lot packed into it! Let’s break it down.

1. “Seek the kingdom of God above all else.”

According to the dictionary, the definition of seek is: 1. To try to find or discover by searching or questioning, 2. To try to obtain, 3.  To go in search or quest of.

So, we are basically told to pursue the Kingdom of God, or the things of God. Easy enough, right? Until you add on the last phrase. Jesus tells us to pursue the things of God… above all else.

Ouch. Above ALL else. That means you can fill in the blank with just about everything.

Seek the Kingdom of God above your career.

Seek the Kingdom of God above finding a boyfriend.

Seek the Kingdom of God above your education.

Seek the Kingdom of God above money.

Seek the Kingdom of God above planning a wedding.

Seek the Kingdom of God above your family.

You get the idea. He is literally saying to seek God, before seeking all of these other things. When we replace seeking God with seeking these things, they become idols in our lives. These things become our gods.

2. “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers.”

I think this is pretty easy to see. People spend their whole lives worrying about their social status; how much money they can get, how many possessions they can store up, what school their kids go to. However, Jesus says that compared to the Kingdom of God, these things are meaningless.

He also says that as believers we are to be different. Our lives and thoughts should be different than unbelievers.

Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

We are to be different from unbelievers because we have something that they don’t. A heavenly Father that cares for our every need and who will be faithful to provide for us. Let him transform you into the person you are meant to be in him.

3.  “Live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

We are instructed to seek God’s Kingdom AND live righteously. Those two things go hand in hand. We are told to pursue the things of God, while living a life pleasing to Him.

That’s not all. The best part comes after all of that. He says if we do these things, He will give us everything we need. Yes, EVERYTHING! That’s why we don’t have to fill our brains with these meaningless worries. He will give us everything we need (notice it doesn’t say everything we want). God is going to take care of everything, as long as we keep Him first.

We shouldn’t worry about these meaningless things. However, that’s easier said than done. It is a day by day battle to keep Jesus number one in our lives.

 

Looking back to the main verse, He gives us these step by step instructions. If we remember these 3 things it will help us to keep Jesus number 1.

1. Pursue Him above all else.

2. Live righteously.

3. He will take care of everything we need.

Begin seeking God. Some very practical ways to start or continue seeking God are through reading His word and praying. There is no substitute for these basic things in your relationship with God

So girls, if you want to find a man… seek Him first.

If you need a job… seek Him first.

If you don’t know what the next step for your life is… seek Him first.

It’s that simple.

 

Think about it…

What are you seeking first in life?

 

 

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