Seek First His Righteousness

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33).

When we place our first priority in Christ, all these things will be added to you. This verse is for all of us. God in this passage, is talking about very physical things such as food, water, and clothes. The beginning of this passage reads, “25For this reason I say to you, [n]do not be worried about your [o]life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”  Notice how God cares about these things. He cares about the necessities of your life. If you are in need of a job, God cares about that need. If you are lacking in finances, He is there to supply that need. If you are worried about something, go to Him.

Notice that we keep first things first. We seek Christ first. So what does it mean to seek God’s kingdom first? Romans 14:17 says, “17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” What is the kingdom of God about? It is circled around righteousness, peace, and joy in the Lord. Having peace and joy can be life changing. Not just temporary happiness but long-lasting joy.

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of time-management. There can be twenty things we nee to do, but we have to prioritize one over another. What is this verse telling us? Prioritize the kingdom of God. When we take time to worship and talk with God, we will be refreshed.

Don’t worry, but seek first His righteousness! God is our provider, and He is our source. When we spend time with God, we are about the kingdoms business. Take time to prioritize the things that need to be done, but do not let these things cause you to have anxiety and worry. Remember that because you believe in Christ, He has given us right standing with God.

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