Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
To seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness means the addition of all things to us. What does it mean? It depends on who is preaching the message, I guess. I believe in prosperity. I do not think that God designed suffering or poverty for His People at all. I do believe that God opens the windows of heaven over us to pour out blessing. The problem is not in God’s Provision. According to the Word of God, it all belongs to Him. He made it which creates ownership yet chooses to give it us. (Psalm 24:1-2) The wealth of God is established in His Sovereign position as Great I AM. God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. In a word of fierce negotiating and strong bargaining to reach a suitable compromise or settlement, it is difficult sometimes to mistake the perfection of God for legalism. Jesus is the ONLY way, truth and life. He is the ONLY way to God the Father. His Word is the Light that leads the way from here to eternity. Friend, there is no other way. This is the problem humanity faces with the Gospel. Jesus set us free from the penalty of sin to choose the life to live. It is truly up to us if we seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness or live a meager, substandard existence.
Psalm 24:1-6 (NKJV) The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your Face. Selah
Salvation is only the beginning of God’s Work in our life. It is the turning point. It has profound significance. It is important to understand that repentance begins the journey but does not secure the reward. The turning point is the beginning of a new journey. To make the ascent to the Holy Place and into the Presence of God. Righteousness is not a title bestowed but a place reserved. God invites into a new relationship with Him. Jesus is the access point. His Blood made a way for each of us to approach God again. In doing so, pressing and pushing deeper by faith, the Spirit seals the adoption process that secures our inheritance. We must become residence of God’s House as His Children before the Kingdom becomes our own. Notice, the Bible says, “This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him and who seek Your Face.” Hold that thought…
I Chronicles 17:11-14 (NKJV) And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.”
King David told the prophet, Nathan, that he was going to build a temple for the Ark of the Covenant to be a permanent place for God’s Presence. The Lord spoke to the prophet and told him that the King would not build the temple but his son would. This passage is from that conversation. It says, “And I will establish him (Solomon) in My House and in My Kingdom forever…” This the order of conveyance. We must establish residency in God’s House and as His Children before the Kingdom is accessible. God’s desire to have us as His Children takes precedence over any other Kingdom benefit because the Kingdom is an inheritance reserved only for His Children (House of Jacob). “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:30-33)
Psalm 103:15-19 (NKJV) As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
God promised King David that He would not take His Mercy from his son, Solomon. Solomon was given to worldly and material things and had no restraint in his indulgences even those things contrary to God’s Word. Yet God did not withhold His Mercy from him or us. From everlasting to everlasting, God’s Mercy meets us. God desires a covenant. A parental covenant with us that makes us His Children. To enter the Kingdom of God – you must be born again. Born of water (natural) and born of the Spirit (salvation) according to Jesus. (John 3:3-5) However, this does not just hand over the Kingdom. It gives us access through Jesus to the Father who then gives us the Kingdom. It is based on relationship. It is provided in righteousness. It is according to His Plan. We cannot access the Kingdom any other way or have all it offers.
Matthew 5:3 (NKJV) Blessed is the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Kingdom of Heaven is reserved for those who realize that their spiritual poverty and cast aside ALL self-dependence to seek God’s Grace. We must desire God’s Good Graces. We must seek His Heart. His Love. His Guidance. His Everything – FIRST!
Matthew 18:2-4 (NKJV) Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Great Christians do not inherit the Kingdom of God. Super saints are not the ones who share in its riches. Perfect people are not even possible. Generous givers will reap what they sow but not necessarily receive all that Heaven has to offer. The Kingdom of God is reserved for His Children. Those who are converted and become as little children fully dependent on the Father and His Love. Those are the true inheritors of Heaven.
Colossians 1:9-14 (NKJV) For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Could it be so simple? If only we would come to the Father as little children, He might give us the Kingdom just like that? It is that simple. Yet hard for people to understand and far greater to choose a life of full submission to God the Father through Jesus His Son – it would mean living like righteous people who have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It would require mustard seeds of faith that leave behind unfruitful living to seek the Father face-to-face and leave darkness behind. Faith that moves the mountains that keep us from Him. The Kingdom belongs to God’s Children. Are you a child of God? Salvation is just the beginning. We are not to be perfect but seek His Perfection. I cannot do that wallowing in the darkness of shame, regret, past sins, and hidden indiscretions. I must drag it all up the hill, to the Cross, run it through the Blood, don a robe of righteousness and run to my Father. He will give me the Kingdom. It is my inheritance. His Word is His Promise. The Kingdom belongs to His Children. I am a Child of God. I live in His Presence. I choose to receive not because I am religious but because I choose to live in a relationship with Him.