The Cart Before The Lion

 

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 New American Standard Bible

We want “these things” but are unwilling to wholeheartedly seek Him first.

Beginning in verses 25 and 26 Jesus asks us why we are so worried about the necessities of life. He reminds us how God provides for the lowest of His creation.

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 New American Standard Bible

Will He do less for us?

The American Christian lives in a “these things” culture. Unfortunately we think we need more than just the basic survival “things.” One of the amazing characteristics of the Bible is how its lessons are so useful for us today.

We can sum up verses 25 through 32 this way. Don’t worry. God knows what you need.

Then how do we seek His kingdom? How do we seek His righteousness? Exactly what is His kingdom? What is His righteousness?

A quick churchy answer would be prayer and Bible study. But is there more to seeking Him than prayer and Bible study? And what kind of prayers and what kind of Bible study lead us to really seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness?

How about church attendance? Is financial giving part of this? Do we have to serve in order to seek?

The next several posts will shed some light on this whole process of seeking Him.  First, we’ll define His kingdom and His righteousness. We have to know where we’re going before we determine how we can get there.

Before we fill our carts we need to understand the Lion’s directions

Until next time, #JesusFirst2016.

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