Seeking God’s Kingdom

Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV)”

Lately, I have really been paying attention to this scripture.  There have been several songs written from here that I am familiar with singing, but what does it really mean?  On the surface, it seems pretty clear, but I wanted to understand it the way it would have been understood 2000 years ago (give or take a year or 2).

I did a word study on the original Greek, and came up with my own version of this text:

Make your number one priority pursuing the power and authority of Christ in your life and the righteous living He requires.  After that, everything else will fall in line.

It seems to me that the Kingdom of God, or the Power and Authority of Christ in our lives, is not always the top priority.  For me, it is so easy to get caught up in the things that are present and visible.  However, the Kingdom of God is present, just not visible.  That is why the scripture says that we must seek, or pursue His kingdom and His righteousness.

I would really like to read everyone’s thoughts about this.  And please, feel free to respond to each other’s comments as well.

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2 thoughts on “Seeking God’s Kingdom

  1. Jesus’ kingdom does start with his power and authority over the lives of those who want to follow him. But I think those disciples who make Jesus their king are in fact his kingdom, and their righteousness is seen by others; indeed, Jesus says blessed are those (disciples) who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 5:10).

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    1. That is an interesting point, and I do believe that His disciples (Christians) are His kingdom, but a close look at the context of this scripture will tell us that is not what is meant here. The scripture says to “Seek first the kingdom of God”. In this case, if we were to say that people were the kingdom, then we would be saying that we are to seek first the Christian people, which would be an inaccurate interpretation of scripture. In this case, we need to seek first the life changing power that only comes from God that allows righteous living.

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