Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
When it comes to being sure of having the things we need every day, one of the most well-known verses in the Bible is this one in Matthew 6:33. Its meaning is also well-known.
Knowing the meaning of it, however, is much different than practicing it. We typically want the blessings of this verse – “all these things,” but the conditions somehow are often forgotten.
For instance: many Christians will tell me that they are sure of Heaven, but they may not go to church today. They want the blessing, but not the Blessor – God.
If you are truly seeking “first the kingdom of God,” then following His instructions ought to be most important to you. Not only when it is convenient.
The truth is that God gave the local Bible teaching church to His people so that they can be blessed. In the church, His people have fellowship with like-minded people, encouragement, union of purpose, company in worship, a place to serve and give, and more. Many of their daily needs were meant to come from the church. They also discover that He strengthens those who serve Him.
As you know, today we remember what happened on 911. Many people lost their lives on that horrible day. America was hit by an enemy and people were scared. They found comfort in the church. Why? Because they knew God was there. Many had forgotten Him, but they sought Him on that day.
Seeking first God’s Kingdom is really the same thing as what is behind that well-known commandment: “Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Only those who really love God can promote His Kingdom correctly. Unless you have to work, not being in church reveals much more than you might think. It shows that to you other priorities take precedence over seeking God’s Kingdom first.
Receiving the promise of the blessings found in this Bible verse is based on whether or not we are willing to fulfill the first part – seeking to, and actively promoting His Kingdom in all we do. Will you be one of those Christians who will actually seek to promote His Kingdom; and will you do it today? There may not be much time left till He comes.