KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
In Matthew 6: 23–32 our Lord Jesus talked about the reason why every child of God must not worry or be anxious about various things.
The Lord added the statement of our key scripture to instruct all children of God about the proper thing to do.
He said “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”. This statement is a very important one that every child of God must adhere to. Men are craving for so many things. Many Christians are living very worried lives because they are engrossed in going after every other thing except a conscious hunger for God. Proverbs 3:6 reminds us to “acknowledge the Lord in all thy ways, and He shall direct thy paths.”
The scripture says “Seek ye first”. The word translated first is “proton”. It means first in time, place, order or importance. To seek after God is the great act that every Christian must pursue. Seeking after God must come first in everything you do. Whenever you are thorn between honouring God, doing something to promote the kingdom of God as against doing something personal or for any other interest.
Bishop David Oyedepo says the secret to all that God has led him to achieve for Him was this scripture. He said he came to the understanding that he needs not worry himself about all the other things.
The scripture clearly teaches that if he should commit himself to seeking after the kingdom of God all the other things, including wealth, fame and honour would be automatically added unto him. He says he has never worried his head about any carnal, personal ambition of any sort. His experience is a clear manifestation of the validity of that statement.
There are a number of Christians, pastors who are living a very stressful lives. They run after every financial opportunity that passes by, yet they are always empty and worried. Instead of spending time in the presence of God they keep going after all sorts of things. Hannah the mother of Samuel praised God and said “He will keep the feet of his saints and the wicked shall be silent in darkness, for by strength shall no man prevail”. Your efforts can’t bring you true blessings.
Man was created not for himself but for God. I seek first for God and his will to be done in my life, then all other things fall in its proper place . This is life in reality.
Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!”
Deuteronomy 28:1 ” And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth”: