First Things First

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.” (Matthew 6:33).

We live in times of great uncertainty, particularly when it comes to Economics. The only sure thing these days is that nothing is sure. Nothing, that is, except the Word of the Lord. Jesus said, “Therefore take no thought saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ Or, ‘What shall we drink?’ Or, ‘With what shall we be clothed?’ (Matt.6:31). People everywhere are filled with such anxious questions and concerns, but Jesus says, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need these things.” (Matt.6:32).

And then He delivers the punch line with such singular brilliance that it rings true all around the world today — “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt.6:33)

seek first 0The word “first” is not merely to be taken in a numerical sense, as the first thing on a list of several other important things. If we look at it that way, then we will check off the Kingdom once we have given it its due and then move on to #2 on the list — leaving the Kingdom behind. You know, “Been there, done that! What’s next?”

No, the word first is not to be taken numerically, rather it is to be understood as meaning that which is foremost and above all. What this means is that we are to seek the Kingdom of God in all things, at all times — yielding to its over-ruling power and influence in each and every matter we face on a daily, moment by moment basis. 

“Seek first the Kingdom of God” could be restated as “Seek only and always in all things the Kingdom of God.” This keeps the Kingdom of God foremost in our thoughts, and over-ruling all other considerations. In other words, whatever you have on your “to do list” — seeking the Kingdom of God is to be a part of it all.

These are times of great uncertainty and increasing difficulty. A time when the so-called “wisdom” of man continually baffles us with its sheer stupidity, as one plan after another backfires in the hands of inept experts. With things teetering and collapsing all about us, it’s good to know that the only economy which will stand and thrive is that which comes from trusting God, and doing what He says to do.

Jesus said, “What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:31-34, The Message).

The best thing you can do from this day forward is “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.” That is what you call putting first things first.

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