“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:33
This past Sunday, I spoke about Jesus’ call for us to seek the Kingdom first. The Kingdom is beautiful, and thoughts of it strike deeply within our souls.
Seeking The Kingdom of God first is a struggle, because we’re physically trapped in this broken world, and we see only glimpses of The Kingdom. We see beautiful things like a child, a sunset, a mountain top, a majestic creature like a moose in a mountain stream and our hearts leap for The Kingdom. We look into a full moon on a clear, cold night and feel closer to our King. Maybe we share an incredible moment of silence and quiet with Him and know, “Jesus is my King, and His Kingdom is real…I will see it one day.”
And then, the moment is gone. Our lives are busy, filled with worries and concerns about making ends meet and taking care of our loved ones.
We’re tempted to rush from obligations, jobs, responsibilities, to events, and long for time to slow down. Working hard, so we can hold it all together, and hopefully pull away for a little bit of time, to be some place sweet with our people. Only our busyness has legs, and seems to follow us.
This car, with this license plate summed it well for me. If we’re honest, I think we all feel at some point in our week, their plate could be on my car…or scooter. Busyness blinds and anesthetizes the realities of the Kingdom. The Kingdom, though, puts holes in the façade of this present, physical world. And when we seek The Kingdom, we get The King.
When we take a moment to seek the King, His people and priorities, we experience the Kingdom. I wanted share a few verses and quotes with you, that I hope will help you pull away, and experience The Kingdom, waiting for you:
“God blesses those who realize their need for Him, for The Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.” – Matthew 5:3
“Do not look for God to come in any particular way, but look for Him. That is the way to make room for Him. Expect Him to come, but do not expect Him only in a certain way. …However much we may know God, the great lesson to learn is that at any minute He may break in. …All of a sudden God meets life.” – My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians 3:1-3
“It is important for us to realize that Jesus in no way wants us to leave our many-faceted world. Rather, He wants us to live in it, but firmly rooted in the center of all things. Jesus does not speak about a change of activities, a change of contacts, or even a change of pace. He speaks about a change of heart. …This is the meaning of, “Set your hearts on the kingdom first…and all these things will be given to you as well.”, Making All Things New, Henri Nouwen
“Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?” –Matthew 6:26
“Come to Me, and rest in My loving Presence. You know that this day will bring difficulties, and you are trying to think your way through those trials. As you anticipate what is ahead of you, you forget that I am with you – now and always.” – Jesus Calling, Sarah Young
I heard a load shout from the throne, saying, “Look the home of God is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.”And the One sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making all things new.”” - Revelation 21:3-5
illustration by Beth Rinke