Your Kingdom Come – Matthew 6:33 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 ESV

Seeking First His Kingdom: A Devotional on Matthew 6:33 ESV

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus paints a picture of radical life, one transformed by seeking “first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Today, let’s unpack this liberating verse and see how it reshapes our priorities and anxieties.

The Lure of Earthly Treasures: Imagine a busy marketplace. Hawkers shout, promises flash, and desires dance before our eyes. Clothes, gadgets, careers, relationships – all clamour for our attention, promising satisfaction. This is the “pagan” pursuit Jesus warns against (Matthew 6:32). We scramble for these treasures, often forgetting the source of true fulfillment.

Seeking God’s Kingdom First: Now, imagine stepping out of that marketplace and onto a quiet mountaintop. Here, Jesus offers a different treasure hunt – seeking His kingdom. This kingdom isn’t about earthly territory, but about God’s reign in our hearts and lives. It’s about aligning our desires with His, pursuing His purposes, and building His justice and love in the world.

The Promise of Provision: When we chase earthly treasures, anxiety follows. But when we seek God’s kingdom first, He promises to take care of our needs (Matthew 6:33). This isn’t a guarantee of luxury, but of enough. It’s a call to trust His loving provision, releasing us from the grip of worry and allowing us to focus on His purposes.

Putting it into Practice: How can we seek God’s kingdom first? It starts with prayer, inviting Him into our hearts and lives. It means studying His word and understanding His desires. It involves serving others, sharing His love, and building His justice. It’s not a one-time event, but a daily quest, a reorienting of our priorities towards His purposes.

The Reward of Seeking First: As we seek God’s kingdom first, something remarkable happens. Peace fills our hearts, replacing anxiety. We discover our true purpose, living beyond the distractions of this world. And even earthly needs – food, clothes, shelter – are met in unexpected ways. For those who seek Him first, He adds “all these things” alongside the greatest treasure: knowing and loving God.

Take a moment: Reflect on what occupies your thoughts and energies. Where do you spend your time, money, and effort? Are you driven by the whispers of the marketplace or the call of the kingdom? Today, choose to step back from the earthly clamor and seek God’s kingdom first. Trust His promise, and experience the joy of living a life transformed by His love.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I’ve chased after earthly treasures. Help me to seek Your kingdom first, aligning my desires with Yours. Fill my heart with Your peace and purpose, and guide me in building Your love and justice in the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

May this devotional inspire you to seek God’s kingdom first and experience the joy of His provision in your life.