When I read this passage of scripture, I immediately take stock of what I'm searching for. If you grew up in church, chances are you have heard this thousands of times. Yet, even after the multiple uses of the verse, it still rocks me to my core.
How often am I seeking the things of the world as opposed to the Kingdom of God?
In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, He reveals to us what the Kingdom of God looks like. He reveals to us how people in the Kingdom will live. Honestly, it generally looks starkly different than the world today.
So what am I seeking and how does it seek the Kingdom of God?
Am I seeking to be merciful? A peacemaker? Someone who gives in secret as to not boast about my actions? Do I pray seeking the Father not for what He can do for me, but because He is truly the creator of all creation?
Before this scripture, Jesus implores His listeners not to live in worry.
When He asks us to seek first the Kingdom, he is asking for something big He's asking us not to worry about how we will eat or drink (two of lives essentials). He's asking us not to worry about what we will wear or if we will have a car to drive. He's asking to not even worry about having a job.
He simply asks that we seek the Kingdom of God.
Once we seek the Kingdom first, all of these things (Food, drink, clothes, shelter, cars, finances, etc) will be added...but we need to seek the Kingdom first.
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