This is a personal promise from Jesus Christ, and oh what a promise it is When you consider the ramifications of this verse, you can get really excited. Jesus is promising He will personally work things out for you. He will provide everything you need, exactly when you need it. Now, this verse doesn’t tell you how God will do it, only that He will do it. Your focus must be on the “what”—“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” and let God focus on the “how”—“and all these things shall be added to you.”
“Seek” is a passionate pursuit that is continual; you hunger and thirst for it; you are going hard after it. It means you put God first: He comes before you wife, your children, your money, your dreams, your habits, your friendships, your hobbies—your anything. Putting God first means you have a habitual, single-minded focus—you put what God wants ahead of what you or anyone in your life wants. “First” means “first in order of importance.” God and His will become the number-one priority of your life.
“His Kingdom” is invisible, not visible; it is spiritua,l not a geographical location. “His [God’s] Kingdom” means His will, His way, His Word, His plan, His purpose. In other words, it is that which God rules. “His Righteousness” is to be right with Him and in the center of His will. You are separated from sin and fully, passionately dedicated to following and obeying Him.
So when I put “first” what God wants, “all these things,’’ meaning no exceptions.”will be added.” Notice God doesn’t subtract, He adds. It means there is nothing you will do without when God is the priority of your life. You will have everything you need at all times. God never runs out of ways to meet your needs.
Daily Do It
Today I want you to think about God’s priorities and how they line up with your priorities. God’s priorities are:
c. Other Family Members
4. Your Job or Work
5. Recreation, Playing
The key is keeping these priorities in order. If # 2, 3, 4 or 5 takes place of #1, there will be trouble. If any greater number comes before a lesser number, you invite problems in your life, and life gets out of balance. Daily check to make sure God’s priorities are your priorities.
Quote of the Day
“When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now…When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.”