TEXT: MATT. 6: 33f
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Jesus comes to the climax of His argument. The kingdom is the ultimate focus for every believer.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
- The kingdom of God is more important than our personal agenda; the idea of the kingdom is the main subject of the Sermon on the Mount. The kingdom is to be our controlling priority.
- This verse picks up the same word for “seek” as in the last verse. “Seek” carries the idea of concentrating on, making the kingdom one’s highest priority. “Seek” is in the imperative mode and calls for burning attention to the kingdom. The grammar also indicates a constant seeking. The idea is to “make the kingdom the center of your life.”
- The word “first” itself indicates priority and is emphatic in the sentence. We put kingdom issues above everything else. The idea is to put material things second. Believers are not to allow themselves to be distracted by personal needs from God’s purpose for them.
- God’s righteousness characterizes His kingdom. This is the kind of kingdom that believers are to pursue.
And all these things shall be added unto you.
- “All these things” are material things. This refers to the Father knowing what we need in verse 32. The word “added” indicates that God will meet our needs as a matter of course. “These things are the necessities of life. What are the necessities of life? A comfortable family, food and shelter.
This verse gives us the fifth reason not to worry: worrying for more than what is at hand compounds worry.
Therefore, the idea of “therefore” draws a conclusion: “Since God meets the necessities of life, there is no need to be filled with anxiety. Seek pursuit of the kingdom freely”.
Do not worry about tomorrow,
- We are to exercise our faith on a daily basis. Worry is distrust in God.
- This phrase is not a mandate against providing for the future or planning. However it is a warning against fearful preoccupation with the future – ( 6: 6-8, 30: 25; 1 Tim. 5: 8)
For tomorrow will worry about its own trouble.
- Focus on tomorrow rubs us of today. Tomorrow has its own problems.
- Worrying for what is more than what is at hand compounds worry.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
- We compound our problems by worrying about two days. One day’s trouble is enough to deal with. The idea is not to compound your troubles. Each day has its own set of problems. Why double our trouble?
- Today is the tomorrow that we worried about yesterday. Each day that passes proves the worries of the previous day was unnecessary.
Believers need to understand the hierarchy of priorities.
It is very easy to become preoccupiedwith the material dimension of life. Jesus wants us to focus on the greater issue of the kingdom.
We need to put in priority the things of greatest value. Kingdom pursuits are of greater value than material pursuits. The issue is whether we are self-centred or God-centred. We cannot commit partially to kingdom issues.
JUST FOR TODAY
Here is a list twelve commitments we should make each day of our lives:
- Just for today, I will choose and display the right attitudes.
Phil. 2: 3 -8
- Just for today, I will determine and act on important priorities.
Eph. 5: 15 – 17
- Just for today, I will know and follow healthy guidelines.
1 Cor. 6: 19, 20
- Just for today, I will communicate and care for my family.
1 Tim. 5: 8
- Just for today, I will practice and develop good thinking.
Prov. 4: 5 – 9
- Just for today, I will make and keep proper commitments.
Phil. 3: 12 – 14
- Just for today, I will earn and properly manage my finances.
Eccl. 5: 10 – 20
- Just for today, I will deepen and live out my faith
Col. 2: 6, 7
- Just for today, I will initiate and invest in solid relationships.
Col. 3: 12 – 24
- Just for today, I will plan for and model generosity.
Prov. 11: 24 – 28
- Just for today, I will embrace and practice good values.
Psalm 119: 33 – 40
- Just for today, I will seek and experience improvements.
1 Pet. 2: 1 – 3
INDOOR LECTURE BY BRO. G. G. EKONG (ELDER)