Seek first the kingdom of God

Seeking the kingdom of God is to be our number one priority. Yet for many of us, our use of time and money show that it is a low priority.

 


 

Here are three powerful ways to determine your actual priorities:

Look at your calendar. How much time to you give to the kingdom of God, compared with the time you give to other priorities?

And look at your checkbook. How much do you invest in the kingdom of God, compared with what you spend on other priorities?

And look at the time you spend with family. Which gets first place in your life? Are you able to say NO to family in order to seek the kingdom of God?

Seeking the LORD God is the most important thing we can do in life. What else is there?

In Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich talks a lot about the priority of seeking the Lord.

Are you committed to seeking God first, not only in the best of times, but even in the worst of times?

Our walk with God becomes our whole aim in life.

Other things do not go away. However, they make sense when grouped around this one central ambition of knowing God more fully.

The Lord Jesus Christ and his kingdom are more important anything else in life. The Messiah and his message cannot wait.

Let’s use our freedom to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. If we get that right, other things will fall into place.

 

Deuteronomy 4:29. But from there you shall seek the LORD your God, and you will find him when you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul

1 Chronicles 22:19. Devote your hearts and souls to seeking the LORD your God. (NAB translation)

2 Chronicles 11:16. After them, out of all the tribes of Israel, those who set their hearts to seek the LORD, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers.

2 Chronicles 12:14. He did that which was evil, because he didn’t set his heart to seek the LORD.

2 Chronicles 14:4. and commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to obey his law and command.

2 Chronicles 15:2. He went out to meet Asa, and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin! The LORD is with you while you are with him; and if you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

2 Chronicles 15:4. But when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them.

2 Chronicles 15:15. All Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found by them. Then the LORD gave them rest all around.

2 Chronicles 18:4. Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the LORD’s word.”

2 Chronicles 20:3. Jehoshaphat was alarmed, and set himself to seek to the LORD. He proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

2 Chronicles 26:5. He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the vision of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.

2 Chronicles 29:20. Then Hezekiah the king arose early, gathered the princes of the city, and went up to the LORD’s house.

2 Chronicles 34:3. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, the Asherah poles, the engraved images, and the molten images.

Psalm 141:8. For my eyes are on you, LORD, the Lord. In you, I take refuge. Don’t leave my soul destitute.

Isaiah 55:6. Seek the LORD while he may be found. Call on him while he is near.

Jeremiah 29:12. You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Jeremiah 29:13. You shall seek me, and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.

 

Wisdom 7:11. All good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches are in her hands.

Sirach 51:21. My whole being was stirred to seek her; therefore I have made her my prize possession. (NAB translation)

 

Matthew 6:33. But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 9:61. Another also said, “I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house.

Luke 12:31. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.

 


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