goalSomething I use to enjoy doing when I was a kid was to take apart electronics to see how they worked. I was not always the best at putting things back together, however. I still like to know how things work. Now, I find myself wanting to know how Scripture works. How is it constructed? Why did the Holy Spirit use this word instead of that one? Perhaps this is a bit too analytical but I have benefited many times by what I have discovered. One of these nuggets can be found in Matthew 6:33. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” In the context, Jesus is telling His followers not to be like pagans who live only for their next meal, or in ways that simply satisfy fleshly appetites. He urges them to make their pursuit in life a higher calling. In so doing, He maintains that, “…all things things will added to you,” that is, food, clothing, materials needs, and most of all the joy of living life that He gives.

The word seek means to be about. In other words, do something. Don’t wait for something to happen. God isn’t going to zap us with an bolt of energy. Get started. He says in the original language, You seek. Don’t worry about what others are doing, or not doing. Jesus adds, Seek first. This stands in contrast to the paganistic pursuit of personal gain. Prioritize God in your life above everyone and everything else. He says that the object of our pursuit is to be the kingdom of God and His righteousness. This is the reign of God in one’s life. Demonstrating the reign of God makes such a different in our lives for good. It can also create problems when the light of our lives exposes the darkness in others. Nevertheless, the reign of God when it is lived out in life is the most blessed way of living.

There are so many things in our lives that demand our attention, devotion, and time. There doesn’t seem to be an escape. Perhaps it’s not getting away that is needed, but simply putting things in order. Give this verse another look. Take it apart. Analysis it. Apply it. May God bless our pursuit to prioritize our lives.

Darrell Wallace


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