What are you looking for in your life? Is it happiness? Maybe it is financial security and success? Whatever it is, you will find thousands of experts who will tell you the path to get there. Do you want a thriving, growing relationship with Jesus Christ? Seek Him first and watch as He takes care of the rest of the details in your life.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
The Victorious Life
Jesus was giving His audience a key to a victorious Christian life. Most Christians try to add God on to what they are already doing or to season their mind with spiritual platitudes. A thriving relationship with the Lord takes us seeking Him first. That means He is the top priority in our lives. We don’t go to Him when we’ve exhausted all other options. He is the first one we think about and on the tip of our tongue when we speak.
Jesus tells us to “seek first HIs kingdom and His righteousness.” What does it mean to seek His kingdom? There is a multi-faceted answer to that question. It starts with our minds and then works down to our hearts. Paul told the Colossians to seek the things above. Focus our eyes on Jesus and what He has done for us and let that dictate our actions. Then we need to “seek His righteousness.” That means we need to seek to do the right thing. We resist the temptation to sin, and we do that which will glorify God.
What Are You Looking For?
Most people focus on the last part of this verse, “and all these things will be added to you.” There are things that we want, but we realize we will only get them if we put Jesus first. That is backwards motivation that never works. When we seek first the kingdom of God, what our heart wants changes too. Our heart is conformed to the image of Christ, and we want what He desires. A thriving spiritual life aligns itself with the desires and will of God, and there it finds true joy and contentment.