Seek The Kingdom of God
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you – Matthew 6:33.
Seek is to search for, dig out, go after, run after, to go in pursuit; this is what Jesus is telling His disciples to do as His disciple. Jesus is instructing the believer to be more than a follower, a follower will watch, and follow for a while then stop following the instructions. So as disciples of Jesus, as children of God, we are to seek the kingdom of God!
Salvation is free when one accepts it, but God wants His children to have more than salvation, He wants them to grow spiritually. Just as a child is born an infant, they grow to be a toddler, an adolescent, young adult, middle age, then finally and elderly. In the growing stages, the infant makes different sounds; trying to talk; they then grow to be a toddler, and begins to crawl, then he or she begins to walk and talk.
Just as an infant grows to be an adult, God wants His children to grow spiritually and become mature, spiritual adults. When one becomes a Christian they don’t become mature overnight, it takes years for them to grow spiritually, and this takes commitment on their behalf.
We must seek the things of Jesus Christ more than our own things, there is nothing wrong with having financial stability, education, homes, and business, but we should never allow these things to take first place in our hearts. The problem occurs when professing Christians, seek after worldly things before they seek God. As professing Christian, our first duty is to love God then love His people as we love ourselves.
Then we should have a prayer life, Jesus Himself emphasized the importance of prayer, “that man should always pray and faint not”. Prayer includes asking and getting answers from God. Prayer is more than just asking, it is a confession, adoration, thanksgiving, and fellowship with God. Prayer is talking with God on a daily basis, not just when trouble arises. When one does not pray, it is considered a sin Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way – 1st Samuel 12:23). Prayer consists of not only asking for ourselves but for others.
Prayer consists of asking for directions and guidance in a certain matter (Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. It does not matter how educated we are, we’re not smarter than God nor do we know what the future holds, but God knows.
Faith plays an important role as Christian, we have faith to believe in God for salvation, we must have faith to receive everything we need, and keep what we have once He has blessed us. Without faith, we can’t please God (And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin – Romans 14:23). This pertains to more than just eating food. Faith is needed in every area of our life. Just as it took faith to receive, it’s going to take faith to keep it, if not, the adversary will steal and take what God has blessed you with.
We also have to present our bodies as living sacrifices, meaning we will do righteous with our actions, eyes, ears, hands, feet, every area of our bodies. If you seek righteousness you will find it and live by it. If you seek the world and its pleasures, it is also seeking you to destroy your connection with God. Christians have been brought with a price we will never be able to repay, but we can show our appreciation by following the guidelines of God’s written Word.
God’s Word must be in your heart and spirit, if not, you will be seeking after other gods, worshipping and praising them. Satan is skillful, he will not show himself as the devil, but he will present himself through actors and entertainers that act in ways that are not the attributes of God. Professing Christians will worship and praise them all the while they are really worshiping and praising Satan, they are his followers. Just as God has ministers, Satan has ministers as well. If they are not lining up with the Word of God, as Christians, we should not allow them to be entertaining us.
God does not want carnal Christians, He wants them to be committed and dedicated Christians. This is why Christians have been instructed to be transformed by the Word of God (And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove and what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2). When the mind has not been transformed by the Word of God, Christians think what they are doing is not wrong or against the Word of God.
The Word and the Spirit of God will convict you if you have them in you! If neither one of them is dwelling within you, you have nothing to convict you of your sin. Make a conscious decision to have a dedicated prayer time, time to read and study the Word of God then will you being to seek the Kingdom of God, then you will begin to see what is right in His eyesight. What you will seek, will seek you whether it’s righteousness or sin.