Matthew 6:33 (AMP) But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
But first and most importantly seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness…these words have penetrated my heart more so than ever before. On the edge of breakthrough when everything seems impossible and you wonder just for a moment was I crazy to ever believe in the first place. It’s the mountaintop of Abraham when he leaves Isaac behind and finds the ram in the thicket. It is the same for Elijah when hopelessness begins to saturate the humanness and the spirit within us fails. It is like Jacob before facing Esau when God meets him on the cold hard ground. God is a God of Breakthrough. Not once or twice but in every area and aspect of our life. It is called the good fight of faith for a reason. It is a constant pursuit of discipline and dedication that chases the unseen with unwavering confidence that He can be found.
What am I aiming for? If I evaluated my life in the natural from the beginning of my childish dream until now, I would say that the Lord has fully exceeded my expectations. I could stop and coast along in the goodness of God’s Grace and Kindness that has given me a strong marriage, healthy children and a perfect grandson…or at least in my eyes. But there is more… I have not arrived in my spiritual walk yet might be inclined to stop pushing and pressing on. There is a higher mark that must be obtained. I cannot stop or redirect my aim. Aim implies direction. It is our heart’s intent. It can more off track if one loses focus.
What am I striving for? The word “strive” means to make great efforts to achieve or obtain something. It is to struggle or fight vigorously for it. Am I striving for the Kingdom? Am I striving for righteousness? His Way of doing things (Kingdom) and being right (righteousness). My primary goal (aim) in this life must be to have the attitude and character of God. It says that if I am successful in doing this – all these things will be given to “me” also. What things?
Matthew 6:25 (AMP) “Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing?
When crisis hits, I am calm, cool and collected. However, when it is over – I completely fall apart in an explosion of tears and emotions. This has proven helpful in the deep valleys of life. However, on a daily basis, I can be a stressed out worrier. How about you? I worry about my husband. I worry about my kids. I worry about my grandkid. I worry about the house. I worry about the bills. I worry about the “what ifs”. I have become convicted by my worries and cares. Worry, care, stress and anxiety are all symptoms of doubt and fear. Doubt and fear impact my pursuit, aiming for and striving after the Kingdom and righteousness because it is all based on my inability to place my faith fully in the Lord and completely trust the Christ in me. If I am not doing, I feel like a failure which makes waiting all the more difficult when God says, “Let me do it.”
Are you perpetually uneasy? Do you get distracted by the not yet rather than celebrating your blessings? We all do. The cares and burdens of this world multiply constantly. It is fed by media of all kinds. The weight is too heavy for our human heart to bare and land locks us in the natural when there is an entire Kingdom to explore and live in. God’s Goodness is not for the heavenly realm only but He will release His Kingdom on this earth if it becomes our purpose to pursue the Kingdom AND Oneness with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is not an easy mission. It is a lifelong pursuit. It defies all logic to fully embrace faith and place our trust in the Lord. If offers constant thanksgiving, heartfelt worship, and ongoing praise even when the conditions of our life are not what God has promised but allows us to peacefully and joyfully wait until it does.
What if it is the distractions that are keeping us from the Kingdom? God promised us the Kingdom. He offers an intimate relationship based on righteousness that is given by His Son. Pride tells us it is impossible for us for a variety of reasons unless we “do” something. It is time to sharpen our arrow and draw back the bow aiming for the Kingdom and accepting nothing less. We must allow the double-edge sword of the Word to do its work and cut through our hard hearts and tangled thoughts to expose the Truth to live by. Our doing and obsessing can seep into our spiritual life making our relationship religious and our service nothing more than another prideful pursuit. This is not about me or you at all. God wants to give us the Kingdom. Jesus has handed us the keys. We must give up our worries, fears and doubts to use them to open doors that only faith and trust will allow.
I want all of God. I want to be complete in Jesus Christ. I desire every blessing and promise offered by His Kingdom and a right relationship with God. In order to have this as my new life in Christ, I must forfeit every fear, worry, care, concern, worry and burden to the Lord, and let His Confidence overtake me.