"Seek first his kingdom and His
righteousness and all these things
shall be added to you."
I just had some of the most practical insights that I've ever had in regard to this verse. I've had it memorized for more than two decades, but just recently it occurred to me..."His kingdom" is where He is King. In a kingdom there can only be one king.
This world is full of "kings." That is to say that the vast majority of people on the planet wield their own authority. But,
The only place on earth where,
"all these things are added to you"
is the place where Jesus is King.
To "seek first His kingdom" is to daily live in voluntary submission to His will, His way, and His word.
To "seek His righteousness" is to live His lifestyle. Only those who do so receive the promise. Righteousness as opposed to worldliness. His will as opposed to mine. To "seek His righteousness" is to live according to the word of God; to do what God says to do; and to not do what God says not to do.
Then, "all these things shall be added to you." What things? Well, all the things that the majority spend a lifetime striving after (see Matthew 6:19-32). It says they will be "added" to you. Wow! The word "added" comes from the Greek word, "prostithemi" which literally means, "give, grant, place near." God will GIVE them to you.
to Have the Mind of Christ, Phil. 2:5-8
To have the mind of Christ: to make myself nothing this is the ultimate in self-denial; to think as Christ thought; to desire as Christ desired; to choose as Christ chose.
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