“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16
“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well.”
What are we coming to God for these days? How many of our prayers are for earthly wants? A better job, a better car, a dream fulfilled.
Do we see God as a means to an end?
Seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness. In the Lord’s prayer, He asked for God’s will to be done on earth before He got to the daily bread. Are we asking for His will to be done on earth? Where does it fall in our list of priorities?
I think it’s too inaccessible sometimes, and that’s the problem. What is “God’s will”? What exactly is His kingdom? It is easier to ask for physical wants and needs because those make sense to us. Just like the people who followed Jesus around after He preached to them and then miraculously gave them all dinner. They didn’t ask about the message. They wanted full stomachs again because that made the most sense to them. Jesus knew and refused to do another miracle for them.
Because He didn’t come here just to heal and feed people. He came to point them to Truth, to eternal life, to redemption – not just for the hereafter but for RIGHT NOW. Holiness. Healing for the spirit. Renewal of the purpose of our existence – a relationship with the One who made us and loves us.
The kingdom of God means renewal for you. It means a shedding of the ugly broken selfish lost person, in exchange for His life IN us. Through us. A redemption in you that spreads to those around you, like yeast in the bread. His will being done on earth means justice, it means healing, it means people coming to God and finding abundant life in Him. This was His top priority, and it must be ours too.
Come and lay your life down. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all the earthly needs will be added to you as well.