Seek FIRST

God has had this verse on repeat for me since 2018 began: Matthew 6:33. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. (If this Psalty song immediately starts playing in your mind — please let me know so we can reminisce on a common childhood!! 🙂 )

I am sure that all of us have responsibilities and expectations and schedules and other needs that rest on our shoulders, especially as we face a new year. There is much that God has for us, paths that He intends us to walk in, plans that He’s already made for us. Our To Do lists are filling up (or maybe it’s just mine?), and it’s only the second week of the year!

Every new year that God gives me, I realize how much more I need HIM. I need Jesus more than I need a strategic plan, an organizational system, or answers to my questions. Before this particular verse in Matthew in the middle of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, our Savior speaks on not worrying about the greatest needs of our life, like food and clothing. What are the greatest needs of your life? Stop and consider that question. If I dig deep enough, I realize that I don’t just need physical provisions. I need God’s grace. I need the eyes of Jesus to see people the way He does and a heart of compassion to respond the way He would. I need His presence in my daily life. I need supernatural wisdom. I NEED JESUS. And, Jesus tells us in vs. 32 that He already knows what we need.

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So, seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness—in other words, make your life’s pursuit to KNOW Jesus. The word “seek” means specifically to worship, or to desire, endeavor, require. And “first” is an adverb to the seeking, meaning first in time, place, order or importance. Isn’t that beautiful? Jesus tells us before any other movement in our lives, we must worship Him first, desire Him most, endeavor after Him, require Him at the forefront, ahead of any other priority. And then, when we seek God first—His Kingdom and His righteousness—all the things we need most will be provided to us. God’s provision literally means to add, again, give more, increase, proceed further. God never goes half way, and His desire is to multiply His grace and joy in our lives and be our Almighty God.

HE is what we need, and when we seek Him first, HE will be more than enough.

Reminders

For when life is good — for when life doesn’t turn out the way we thought it should — for times of celebration — and times of desperation — Jesus is our rock, our firm foundation, our strong right arm, and our refuge. Be reminded and encouraged today:

God is good. God’s goodness doesn’t change when things get bad. He is still good.

God loves me. And, God loves you. End of story.

Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross is big enough for your sin yesterday, your sin today, and your sin tomorrow.

You cannot go so far that God’s grace cannot reach.

We are not perfect. God is perfect. We are not God. So, with humility, and only in His strength, can we pursue His commands and calling.

God’s salvation is not dependent on our goodness. It rests entirely in His.

God’s Word is always true, and can always be trusted.

Grace and truth only come through Jesus Christ. We must seek Jesus in order to walk in both.

When it comes down to it, there is nothing we need more than Jesus.

No matter the detour, our mission is the same: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.