Thoughts on Seeking the Kingdom of God

As mentioned in a previous blog, Kingdom living occurs through a range of contexts – the first of these is seeking the kingdom of God.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you’ – Matthew 6:33 NKJV.

Jesus actually exhorts us to seek the kingdom of God. So, what does the culture of the His Kingdom look like in our daily lives?

When we look at the words of Jesus we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have heard. They incite a shift in our thinking. Jesus essentially reverses the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first and then sustain it as the primary concern in our life: One translation says: ‘Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concernMatthew 6:32-33 NLT – Tyndale

Through this new thought process “Seek” now carries the idea of concentrating on, to focus on, making the kingdom our highest priority. “Seek” is in the imperative mood and calls for burning attention to the kingdom, indicating a constant seeking. The idea is to “make the kingdom the centre of our life.”

The Kingdom of God is the spiritual reign and authority of God, an eternal kingdom, an everlasting kingdom. We are to seek the Kingdom of God (now) and allow Kingdom life to flow through us at all times and live in an atmosphere where God is ever present. As we seek to belong to the kingdom, we recognise Christ as the one for whom we were bought for a price.

Through this new lens, we are to seek “His righteousness,” that holiness of heart and purity of life which God requires of those who profess to be subjects of His spiritual kingdom and therefore to be sought in prayer. God’s righteousness characterises His kingdom. This is the kind of kingdom we as believers are to pursue[1].

[1] ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’ Jeremiah 29:13 and ‘But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul’ Deuteronomy 4:29

As our lives revolve around His Kingdom we start to understand that the “all these things” are found in His Kingdom. He’s creating and breathing presence and glory in our life. A tangible presence we can consume

We need to dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of God’s tangible presence in our lives and the full manifestation of the kingdom of God on the earth, just as Jesus did. Everything Jesus did and continues to do through the Holy Spirit comes out of His glory. That’s where the power is. The power is in the glory. We manifest the kingdom of God everywhere we go because God trusts us with it.

For me it has become a powerful experience of new wineskins that are fully capable to carry and release the outpouring that God promised to us all along. And I rejoice in the testimony of Jesus as He responds to His people with dramatic displays of salvation, healing, and powerful restoration through the power of His resurrection

It calls the Christian to seek God, and let Him embrace us with the provision we need; keeping the right perspectives; staying focused upon His kingdom and His righteousness, and God will add all these things that we are in need of from His kingdom.

When God and His Kingdom are our focus, we will go to great lengths to please Him. We will look to Him for the vision for our life, work, and relationships and He will dictate every area of our life because we seek Him. He will not just be a part of our life but our whole life. When we seek His kingdom, we will make it our concern to find out what He desires for us in every season and be about His Kingdom business.

Those who are continually seek the kingdom of God use every opportunity given to them to help win souls and build the Kingdom as God leads. Matthew 6:33 says He will “add” these things to you. We don’t need to ask for those things, all God asks you to seek on is His Kingdom and His righteousness.

Imagine all the Kingdom opportunities we may have missed while we weren’t seeking Him. The souls that needed to be ministered to, the things that God is trying to get us to see or understand, but our focus is so off.

So I appeal to you as I appeal to myself, seek the right thing – Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

 

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