Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Many students of the Word of God will agree that this dispensational age in which we live, is parallel to the Laodicean church described in Revelation chapter 3.
Revelation 3:14-18 “”And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
The church today is sensational in the show but, sadly, lacking in substance.
The depth of the personal relationship with God of the average church-goer is not what it could or should be. To that end, God brings adversity into His children’s lives to bring about a need for a close, personal relationship more than food, clothing, fame, or money.
The gold we are counseled to buy must be tried in the fires of adversity for it to have any value. That refining fire will strip away the dross of this life and help us to see what lies before us genuinely.
As we only have twenty-four hours in a day, how we utilize those hours matter much to our Father. So, to focus our hearts, minds, and lives on what truly matters, becoming a ‘kingdom seeker’ is key.
We get caught up in everyday activities, and sometimes the care of them takes away our ability to see the goal. We worry about jobs, finances, food, and clothing when God promises to provide.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
I believe our Heavenly Father so desires to remove anything that would cloud our sight or our judgment in accomplishing His will. To better prepare ourselves to be a more accomplished ‘kingdom seeker,’ we must yield to the spiritual more than the carnal.
Our flesh often screams the loudest in its need for things. Hunger, affection, love, and security are but a few of ‘all your need‘ that God promised He would supply. If God promised to meet those needs, our focus and time dedicated to kingdom work.
First, and foremost in that work is evangelism.
A sincere ‘kingdom seeker’ will be soul-conscious, meaning that those we meet are more of an opportunity to give the gospel than a nuisance, obstruction, or worse. God says:
1 Peter 3:15-16 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”
It was Christ’s reason for coming, His last charge when He left.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
As one who is more ‘chronologically gifted’ (older), I can tell you that time seems to roll on faster the more we advance in age. Though the measure of time has never changed, what we fill it with has.
Kingdom seekers will continually reevaluate their schedule to eliminate the ‘dross’ of this life and distill their time to have more spiritual meaning. It is not the total elimination of all else, but a balance that is honoring to God.
Here in America, we push work and acquire things so much that we have pressed ourselves past boundaries, even God set for man. There is one of His commands should be followed more closely than it is today.
Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
God rested – so should we.
Too often, we justify the crossing of such lines because we tell ourselves it is temporary. “I’ll just work this one Sunday,” we say. Yet, once we do, then we are expected to answer affirmatively in the future.
Keeping and maintaining our relationship with God is first and foremost.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Kingdom seekers will not let anything creep into their time with God. Prayer, meditation, memorization, and interceding on behalf of those in need are activities to monitor and grow in our lives continually.
Throughout the rest of the day, we need to continually ask the Holy Spirit if the places we go, the things we see, the thoughts of our heart, the activities in which we partake, and the people we keep company are pleasing and acceptable to Him.
As a child of God is the purchased possession, why don’t we seek His will more than ours?
Lastly, kingdom seekers will seek to please God above themselves.
Technology has immersed our people and its culture into pleasure and amusement like no other. It is so readily available, and we think nothing of cramming in a movie, a game, or other diversions into our day that we don’t realize how that time adds up.
Once Satan sees that we give in to the enticement, he bombards our minds and offers more significant opportunities to indulge. Kingdom seekers will continually reevaluate their time spent to maximize it for God.
Be practical yet balanced. Allow for ‘downtime.’ Keep the Sabbath. But in all things, seek first and foremost the kingdom.