Wednesday, 10 May 2017

THE KINGDOM OF GOD OR OTHER THINGS?

TEXT: MATTHEW 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The scripture tells us that the first and paramount thing to seek or to long for is the kingdom of God and His righteousness. That is, we would strive to know God genuinely; we should seek Him not only with our lips but with the totality of our life- body, soul and spirit.
We you are seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness; it means you are passionate in pleasing the Lord your maker in all your ways. It means you are always conscious of your ways of life, and you examine yourself at every point in time to see if you are still in tune with God. It means you are heaven minded, courteous to live a life without blemish, spot or wrinkle; a life that glorifies God.
Kingdom seekers are those that believe that there is a place they will go to after leaving this world (eternity).
Kingdom seekers put their minds on things that are not seen (which are eternal) and not on things that are seen (which are temporal and perishable).
The Lord did not say we should be poor, he did not say He will not bless us; He did not say He will not take us to the height that we aspire to be. All He’s saying is that we should seek and love Him genuinely, to have a genuine relationship with Him. God wants us to be rooted and grounded in Him, so that when the day of evil comes; we will triumph.
It is so sad these days that people have put the first thing last and the last thing first. They have put the cart before the horse! Instead of seeking the kingdom of God first, they are busy seeking and running after other things (the world and its pleasures).
People want to become rich overnight. They are passionate and more concerned about building multi-million dollar Business Empire than genuinely seeking after the Lord their maker.
Many people out of desperation have gotten themselves in dubious, sinful and ungodly way to acquire these things that are just for the time being.
Men and women of God are not left out in this quest for the pleasures of the world. The motive of some pastors has changed from genuinely seeking the kingdom of God, to milking and exploiting their members to fulfil their worldly desires.
Many so called gospel singers are lost in the world of deceit. They sing songs that glorify man rather than God. They have diluted their songs with the worldliness of this world so that they would be widely accepted and make money as a result.
Gone are those days when a sinner will hear gospel music and be convicted of his or her sin! The subject and the focus have been changed from the Almighty God to worldliness disguised as gospel of God.
The mistake that people are making is that they refused to follow the instruction of God that says “SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO IT.”
If you follow this instruction or commandment of God, you will be doing yourself a lot of good; because life will be very easy for you(not that problem will not come, but you will have victory).
If you devote yourself to serving and pleasing God wholeheartedly, wealth, blessing and every other thing shall be added to you freely as bonus. You wouldn't need to struggle tooth and nail for it.
Solomon never asked for wealth but wisdom to lead God’s people. Because of his commitment to God’s assignment in his hands, God decided to bless him richly beyond his request. Great wealth was added as a bonus to his request.
The scripture says “The blessing of the Lord makes riches and adds no sorrow to it.” (Proverbs 10:22).
Be determined today that you want to genuinely seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness; don’t run after “other thing”- (material blessings). Leave other things for God to add to you as a reward of your steadfastness in seeking His kingdom and His righteousness.

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