“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:33-34
What are you focused on?
Matthew chapter 6 is a portion of what is known as the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus had attracted a crowd and he went up on a mountainside to teach them (See Matthew 5:1-2). So aptly its location is its namesake. It is one of the most packed concise teachings about the attitude and actions of those who are citizens of heaven. Jesus is talking to believers here, that’s important. He is about to tell them how followers of Jesus are to think, act, and understand.
Seeking the Kingdom of God
At the conclusion of chapter 6, Jesus sets the lifelong focus of a believer, namely seeking God’s kingdom. To be clear Jesus wasn’t asking His followers to try to find what was hidden but more that they should make a priority, a life lived under the guidance, and authority of God. See the Kingdom of God is wherever God is honored and kept as King.
How to Think, Care, Act, and Love
Jesus spends a ton of time here outlining what the behavior of the Kingdom looks like. He lets us know how we should think, how we should care, how we should act, and ultimately how we should love. This teaching wasn’t to qualify people to live in God’s Kingdom but to outline what it looks like to live there once we are granted permission to know God through salvation in Christ.
Jesus simply starts by giving a simple directive, seek the Kingdom. Jesus is bent on getting this one thing across, in the household of God there are behaviors and rules. In the Kingdom we live righteously, that means we put what God has outlined as right as first priority in how we live. In the Kingdom we believe that God has every right to tell us how to live, He is our King. In the Kingdom, when you live and operate with God’s priorities, under God’s authority, and in harmony with God’s directives, God cares for you. He is the King and He always takes care of His subjects.
Focusing brings Rest, Peace, and Joy
It’s interesting how our rebellious heart might believe that submitting to God is a burden but in reality, it is where real rest, real peace, and real joy exist. When we put our lives solidly in God’s hands and live by His leave we don’t have to worry, fear, or fret because God cares for us. Today’s stresses melt under the warmth of God’s care. Why would we want to live anywhere else?