Seek FIRST The Kingdom

Seek FIRST The Kingdom

Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”‬‬‬

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We want our needs met and our fun toys. The only problem is we want them the wrong way. Our sin nature causes this. We think having a surplus will secure our future. How often have things been destroyed in tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, bankruptcy, thefts, etcetera?🤔 Piling up stuff is no guarantee we will have what we need down the road. But seeking FIRST God’s kingdom is. 😊 It is God who promises, “And all these things shall be added to you.”‬‬‬

Seeking FIRST the kingdom takes real faith. It means putting one’s personal pleasures, goals, and dreams aside to seek what God wants for us. You have to really love God to do this.😊 Seeking FIRST the kingdom is opposite this world’s thinking. The world says, “Live your best life now.” That doesn’t sound sinful, right? Wrong. What false prophets and others mean when they say this is build your own kingdom here on earth (now) and call it God’s kingdom. People are hoodwinked into believing they can follow their own desires and what God wants without sacrificing anything. (Luke 9:23) They’re in rebellion against God because they live selfishly. Getting wealth and more money is their #1 goal. (1 Timothy 6:9-10) Even if we succeed at obtaining worldly riches we still have a major problem: DEATH. None of us will elude death. Jesus spoke to the crowds concerning this:

Luke‬ ‭12:16-21‬ ‭NKJV‬ “Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.””‬‬

‭‭‬‬The rich man died suddenly. Everything he owned and worked so hard for was worth nothing instantly. He thought he had years to kick back, relax, and enjoy his wealth. But God said, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you.”😳 Worldly riches are so elusive. 

THE AMERICAN DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?🤔

The so-called, “American Dream,” is nothing new. Jesus’ passage above shows people have always sought to accumulate wealth in the hopes that one day they can retire; kick back, relax and live in the lap of luxury. But there’s still that one major problem: DEATH. What happens when a person dies? Many rich people fear death. Of course they pretend no to when they are strong and healthy. God called the rich man a fool. Why? Because not only was he unable to enjoy his wealth for years like he thought he would (others would get it), he also was not rich toward God. His death would turn into his worse nightmare just like this next rich fool:

Luke‬ ‭16:19-31‬ ‭ERV “Jesus said, “There was a rich man who always dressed in the finest clothes. He was so rich that he was able to enjoy all the best things every day. There was also a very poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus’ body was covered with sores. He was often put by the rich man’s gate. Lazarus wanted only to eat the scraps of food left on the floor under the rich man’s table. And the dogs came and licked his sores. “Later, Lazarus died. The angels took him and placed him in the arms of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. He was sent to the place of death and was in great pain. He saw Abraham far away with Lazarus in his arms. He called, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to me so that he can dip his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am suffering in this fire!’ “But Abraham said, ‘My child, remember when you lived? You had all the good things in life. But Lazarus had nothing but problems. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering. Also, there is a big pit between you and us. No one can cross over to help you, and no one can come here from there.’ “The rich man said, ‘Then please, father Abraham, send Lazarus to my father’s house on earth. I have five brothers. He could warn my brothers so that they will not come to this place of pain.’ “But Abraham said, ‘They have the Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets to read; let them learn from that.’ “The rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham! But if someone came to them from the dead, then they would decide to change their lives.’ “But Abraham said to him, ‘If your brothers won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen to someone who comes back from the dead.’””‬‬

This rich guy too found out the hard way there is a severe price to pay for not being rich toward God. I encourage all my brethren, myself, and everyone to seek God’s kingdom FIRST, not worldly riches, not your own kingdom here on earth, and not the kingdoms of this world:

1 John‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭ERV “The world is passing away, and all the things that people want in the world are passing away. But whoever does what God wants will live forever.”‬‬

2 Peter‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

‭‭Please share this with a friend😊‬‬

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James‬ ‭5:1-6‬ ‭NLT‬ “Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.”

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