Searching for the King and His Kingdom
Jesus said to seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness first, then “all these things” will be added. What things was Jesus talking about?
First, He desires to take care of everything we need for everyday life: food, drink, clothing. Jesus says in Matthew 6:31: “So don’t worry about these things, saying ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
These things dominate our thoughts when we aren’t focused on God. He knows our needs and promises to provide for us, if, and this is a big “if,” we are putting Him first.
But God is also talking about caring for our emotional, spiritual, creative, and intellectual needs.
We are not created as one-dimensional beings, but we are created in the “image of God.” Our lives are enriched by the things God provides for us to experience – intellectual stimulation, creative license, and spiritual richness.
God gives us everything we need to live as He directs: “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom of God…,” not simply “seek God” or even “seek Me.” Why would He say that? What does “Seek the Kingdom of God” even mean?
The Kingdom of God is the realm of His wonder, His rule, and His authority. Seeking the Kingdom means seeking God in His totality. His Kingdom is a real, spiritual place, where Almighty God, the Creator of the Universe, reigns sovereign and supreme.
Jesus told his followers, “The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (Luke 17:21) Jesus’ death on the cross secured its establishment here on earth. Faith in Jesus Christ gives us the right to enter His domain, not just when we die, but now.
Dallas Willard said, “We are built to live in the kingdom of God. It is our natural habitat.”
The Kingdom of God is both a present spiritual reality and a future inheritance; a realm where God has “delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,” (Colossians 1:13) and an eternal promise.
“Then the king will say to those on his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34)
The Kingdom is a promise for the present and the future. (Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God by George Eldon Ladd)
We can be pretty hard to impress. But once our spirits are opened to the wonder, not just of God’s creation, but of who He is, we are forever changed. We yearn for Him, His presence, His overwhelming goodness, His love. Until we first experience Him, we don’t know what we lack.
Once we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, hope is awakened to the soaring possibilities.
The Bible says it best in 1 Corinthians 2:9 – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (NLT)
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