Matthew 6:33 Seek first the Kingdom of God.
It’s about the Kingdom of God. It’s about him, not us. It’s about the kingdom of Light, not of darkness. John 3:18-21 “Whoever believes in Him (Jesus Christ) is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only begotten Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
“…that what he has done has been done through God.” Or the Voice translation says “…it will be clear that all their deeds come from God.” If my vision board is filled with just the things that serve me, car, money, nice house, clothes, etc. then my focus is me. Not God. Me. It is not wrong to want nice things, desire good things for yourself, but when everything you want is just to serve you… then don’t be surprised when you is all you get. Destination determines direction. If you keep focusing on the sock sooner or later you’re going to find it. (Don’t tell me about the time you never found your sock. I’m making a point! Anyway, I’d just say “maybe if you kept looking for it you would have found it.”)
Destination. Where do you want to go? Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God AND His righteousness.” Where to go and how to get there. If I put most of my attention of that blue BMW, then every choice I make I’m asking myself consciously or subconsciously “does this take me closer to the BMW or further away from it?” So, I’ll keep making decisions to get closer to it if I continue to focus on it. It’s like the mouse in the maze who smells the cheese. He’ll keep trying every different route until it gets him to the cheese. But if all I focus on is the BMW and I ultimately get the BMW… then all I have is the BMW. Why did I desire it in the first place? Because I liked it, it brought happiness to me. So my joy now relies on the BMW. If I lose the car I lose my happiness. Let me reword Matthew 6.
Do not worry about what you will eat… Do not focus on your life, do not focus on what you will eat or drink, do not focus on your body or what you will wear. Is not life more important? Look at the birds of the air, God takes care of them and he takes care of the flowers of the field. Even the greatest king ever to live, Solomon, wasn’t dressed as well as God dressed those lilies. So don’t focus on all the things that unbelievers focus on, cars, money, clothes, etc. because our Heavenly Father knows we need all those things and will provide for us the same way he provided for the birds and the flowers. He loves us! He’s got it covered! Focus on Him, acknowledge Him, worship Him, and all those things will come to you. And when you receive one of those things when you’ve been focusing your attention of your Heavenly Father you will have such great evidence of your faith, for you will know WHO provided for you.
We have to know what we want, we have to know where we want to go. In scripture it refers to Christ as the bridegroom, we just say the groom now, and us as the bride. All the believers together are the church and the church is the bride. We come into a partnership with Jesus and just like a marriage if the husband inherits his Father’s property and wealth (kingdom) then the wife, us, inherits it as well. As the bride we keep struggling, going after someone else. Does the bride to be choose the guy who loves her or the guy with money? Do we choose love or money? Which groom will you choose? What do you want? But what about if I believe if God created everything or not? How does that change things? How does help me find the kingdom of God? How does that help know what to look for? Next week, but I leave you with this final thought: He wants you, “all of you, forever.”