“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness without compromise and all you need for life and living will be added to you.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Jesus was standing at the base of the natural amphitheatre of the hills along the banks of Lake Tiberias. It was a clear day and his voice carried far into the large crowd up the slope above. He was delivering his most profound oration known as the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
The kingdom of a king is his domain, that is, it is all that pertains to him and his influence. The king sets the standards and ethos of his domain, including its law. Our God is our king. His standards and ethos are supreme and pure and his law is just. Firstly, Jesus instructed us to put the kingdom of God first. That is, we are to seek to live by his standards, ethos and law.
Secondly, Jesus instructed us to also put God’s righteousness first. Righteousness is the quality of God’s kingdom. Our God is supremely righteous. In him, there is no wrong, sin, evil or depravity. All he does and all he is is absolutely good. We are to seek to live by God’s glorious qualities. But how is this possible, for we have come short of his glory?
Listen, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus is God in the flesh and, therefore, without sin. Jesus, the Word of God, became flesh to bear the consequence of sin as our proxy when he died on the cross. Through faith in him, we are reconciled to the kingdom and righteousness of God. Through faith in him we live by his kingdom standards, ethos and law. By faith in him, we live by God’s glorious righteous qualities.
Jesus laid aside his glory to reconcile us to God. So, let us lay aside our egoistical desires without compromise and put God’s kingdom and his righteousness first. The result? All you worry about for life and living will be added to you as well.
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In Christ, I have been reconciled to your kingdom and righteousness
“Dear God, forgive me for compromising your kingdom principles and your righteous qualities in my life. I repent of contaminating these with my self-interest and unhealthy living. Today I choose to look for your kingdom standards, ethos and law and your glorious righteous qualities in all I do. In Christ, I have been reconciled to your kingdom and righteousness. Thank you that you are faithful to your word and all your promises are yes and amen in Christ. Therefore, I know that all the things I need for life and living will be added to me, too. Amen.”
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