April 18

SEEK FIRST

PUT GOD FIRST
SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM

Matt 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

It’s interesting when you search the Greek for the word “first” you will discover it is the word “proton”. A proton is a subatomic particle found in the nucleus of every atom. Atoms are the basic building blocks of ordinary matter. The proton particle has a positive electrical charge. In light of that definition we should come to the conclusion that seeking His kingdom and His righteousness should be at the center of our pursuits creating a positive charge to our faith. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness is the basic building block of our relationship with Jesus Christ!

At the beginning of Matthew 6:33 is the word “but”. That word bids us to read the verses before 6:33 to discover what prevents us from seek first His kingdom. In verses 19-21 we see that those things we treasure within our hearts are a distraction to our pursuits of putting Him first. Matt. 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When our hearts are not prioritized upon Kingdom things our life’s perception becomes darkened by our selfish pride. Matt. 6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

A heart that is divided is at war with itself. Matt. 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. When we do not seek His kingdom first we become unstable in all our ways. James 1:7-8 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. When He is not first, life becomes unstable.

This unstableness creates a state of anxiety within ourselves as well as strained relationships with others. Matt. 6:25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? The pursuit of “things” over people leaves us all lonely in the midst of a crowd.

Our relational lives become a train wreck. We live with unresolved differences leading to lives of performance based on unattainable expectations. Matt. 5:23-24 “If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. There is another of God’s first! First be reconciled. In order for us to reconcile with each other we first must reconcile with Him. Confessing and repenting of not putting Him first puts us in position to reconcile with others.

He clarifies this in Matt. 7:4-5. “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Did you notice another first?

To seek first His kingdom and His righteousness is not just a good idea or an option, it is LIFE! If His kingdom and righteousness is not the nucleus of our lives, everything spins out of control.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

 


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Posted April 18, 2017 by brojeff in category "SMORGASBOARD

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