What do you seek?

By Valerie Yanay

“For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  – Matthew 6:32-33

I was reading from Matthew 6:25-34 and the words from Matthew 6:33 caught my attention. Yeshua exhorts us to “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.” As children of God, He invites us to redirect our focus and change the way we look at things in our day-to-day lives.

While each day brings its own challenges and trials, Yeshua teaches us that our first concern should be the Kingdom of God. This means that no matter what difficulties we face, our first step should be to seek His will and apply the principles of His Kingdom.

When we approach the Lord with our needs, Yeshua encourages us to first and foremost seek His Kingdom. God’s Kingdom operates differently from the rules of the world. It operates according to divine principles in opposition to the darkness that reigns in this world.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

When faced with injustice, rather than responding with anger or resentment, He urges us to bless those who persecute us. This is a part of living according to His Spirit and standards. We are to seek His will even when confronted with hatred, death, disease, injustice, or the difficulties of life in general.

Seeking God’s Kingdom first places God’s character and values at the center of our lives. This means seeking to understand how God wants us to react in each situation. It’s an invitation to live according to the principles of His Kingdom and to be living witnesses of divine grace and righteousness in this often-tormented world.

So, as we meditate on the words of Matthew 6:33, we are encouraged to make God’s Kingdom our priority, to seek His righteousness, and to live according to Kingdom values in all of life’s circumstances. We are called to live a different way of life. Yeshua emphasizes that material concerns are those of the heathen, of those who do not know the true God. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

In the light of these teachings, I reflect on my own life as a believer and see worrying about needs benefits very little. But, when placing everything in the hands of my heavenly Father, I have experienced a life filled with joy and peace. God provides for all our needs when we choose to put His Kingdom first.

Seeking God’s Kingdom first is not just a selfish quest for material blessings. It’s a deeper search for divine values, an understanding of who God is and how His presence transforms our lives. It involves seeing God as our heavenly Father, reflecting His image in our actions and relationships.

Ultimately, to seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness above all else is to embrace a way of life that transcends material concerns and guides us toward a deeper relationship with our Creator. It’s an invitation to live according to the eternal values of God’s Kingdom, experiencing the fullness of life God has planned for us.

Let each day be characterized by the pursuit of God’s Kingdom, its values, and His righteousness. By making this our priority, we will discover that all those things people seek, God abundantly adds to our lives, filled with much grace. 

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