Sunday, February 24, 2013

Seek First His Kingdom and His Righteousness

"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you."  Matthew 6:33

Are you in need or in want? Are you worrying about how you are going to take care of what you have need of?  Where is God?  You have tried to seek him, but it seems as if you are unable to stop worrying.  The answer to seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness comes through love.  First of all by loving God, then loving others.  We can see when we read Mark 12:28-32 ,Jesus was being challenged by the teachers of the law.  At one point, one of the teachers asked him, of all the commandments, which is the most important?  Jesus replied to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this:  Love your neighbor as yourself."  The teacher, then responded "you are right saying that God is one and there is no other but him.  To love him with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."  Jesus noticed that he answered wisely and said to him "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

Clearly seeking his kingdom and his righteousness comes through love.  When we begin to realize that it is more important to love God first and loving others, then we will begin to walk in the perfect will of God.  God doesn't desire all of our offerings and sacrifices that we make.  He desires a personal relationship, faith in what his son has done and the righteousness comes through his son Jesus who demonstrated the ultimate form of love which was dying for us to give us the righteousness of God.  

When we begin to walk out our life in Christ, we have to walk in love.  However, sometimes it is difficult to walk in the love of God.  Unforgiveness towards others can keep us from walking in the fullness of his kingdom and his righteousness.  It is like that weight that so easily can beset us.  Unforgiveness keeps us focused on ourselves and our hurt. God desires to heal us from the hurt, but letting go of the past and its pain can be difficult. God desires to heal us.  This healing comes through seeking Jesus daily and abiding in his word.  When we begin to see that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil, then we can begin to see things as God sees them. Hurt people, hurt people.  We have God living in us which gives us power to love.  We can overcome unforgiveness by renewing our mind, trusting in God to deliver us and seeing others as Christ sees them.   When we see how much God loves us and when we begin to see ourselves as God see us, then we can come to the full knowledge in Christ.  Our minds are renewed and our confidence is shifted into God's goodness.  He begins to gently restores us with his love and imparts in us forgiveness and love for others.

He gives us spiritual eyes to see our value and worth in Christ. We begin to see that we are a blessing and a child of the most high. Even in the midst of a world that rejects us, God's accepts us.  We experience his goodness and his glory.  Although it is only in part. We have a hope which is eternal that one day we will see all the fullness of his glory and that every tear will be wiped away.  When we see how loved we are, we begin to desire to show others this love.  We begin to demonstrate God and his goodness.  His desire is that we fulfill our calling seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness, so that all things will be added unto us.  

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