“…But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
I sat outside with my 21 month old son on a beautiful April spring day. What was our chosen activity? Bubbles! As I blew them he popped them. Some passed him by, blowing in the wind, disappearing behind the house. This verse came to mind. How fast life goes. As James 4:14 says, “…a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes…” I saw my life as a bubble for just a moment. Then I noticed how much joy the bubbles brought to my son. Some of them he saw, others he missed, gone to never be noticed.
May our lives be seen, not wasted. As Matthew 6 states, may we live to build the kingdom of God primarily in all we do, “whatever our hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going…” Ecc. 9:10. It is when our priorities are correct that Christ communicates that “all these things shall be added to you.” This ultimately was speaking of the food, clothing, and activities people are primarily concerned about.
Are you seeking first the kingdom of God? Are you absorbed with your own life so much that you tend to live as if your kingdom on earth is what matters? Don’t build your own brick pile, be a brick used of the master who is building His beautiful kingdom! Where do you stand this day? Notice He doesn’t stop there! He says “and”! We are to seek His righteousness too! How many of us are seeking a righteousness of our own, longing to be recognized by men? “Our righteousness deeds are like a polluted garment…” (Is. 64:6) It is Christ and His righteousness that we ought to seek after. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21 emphasis mine)
Seek His kingdom and righteousness before your bubble pops.