Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
This morning as I was reading this passage I looked up the word seek in the Strong’s Concordance. Here is what I found the greek definition of the word seek to mean:
Zēteō: To seek (literally or figuratively); specifically to worship (God); be about, desire, endeavor enquire….
It brought up the question in my heart, what does seeking look like? As I looked into it a little deeper I found that the same root word Jesus used to describe seeking the Kingdom of God is the same word used in Luke 2:48 to describe how Mary and Joseph were seeking for 12 year old Jesus after they realized he had been missing for three days.
Let’s just put this into perspective….. Seeking (Zēteō) the kingdom of God and His righteousness looks similar to the same frantic seeking that a mother would have after having lost her child for three days.
Can you imagine how a regular parent reacts when they lose sight of their kid for 5 seconds on the playground, let alone for an entire day? There would be a manhunt in place looking for that child within hours. And that’s just a regular mom and dad who would stop at nothing to find their child. Add the fact that Joseph and Mary were in charge of keeping track of Jesus, the savior of the world, and that increases the intensity of the seeking.
That fervency, that immediacy, is the same seeking that we as Christians should be pursuing God and His Kingdom with. We should so desire to see God that it would consume our entire beings with a longing and passion. If you lost your child, you wouldn’t really stop to take a break to eat or drink. You’d keep searching until you found them.
I love that what Jesus was saying here was “Do not worry about what you will eat, or drink, or what you will wear..” (Matthew 6:31). Then he goes on to say seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be GIVEN to you.
Jesus is giving us a command to seek first, and then a promise that not only will we find the kingdom of God and learn more about the character of God, but we will also receive food, drink, and clothes. They are given to us….FOR FREE! That’s the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN people. This is another get out of your seat and jump around kind of revelation. I get excited just thinking about this. If the seatbelt sign on the airplane wasn’t on right now I’d be running down the aisle.
How often do we worry about paying the bills and making ends meet for our gas, food, clothes, etc? Jesus is telling us to cast aside our worries and instead invest that time in seeking GOD.
That’s a much better return on your investment.
I want to leave you with this final scripture found in Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter: to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
Be glorious people! Seek the kingdom and the righteousness of God first and trust that the other things will be given to you. Free of charge.