“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”Matthew 6:33.
We are told this very simple commandment by Jesus in the gospel of Matthew. We are told that if we seek His kingdom first and His righteousness, then all these things will be added unto us. What are those things that will be added unto us? One might think that it would make more sense perhaps to seek those things first, and to focus upon them, rather than seeking the Lord first. Actually though, that is not the case. Like most things in the Kingdom of God, one finds out very soon that they cannot follow the standard procedure that a lot of the world follows. We are told that those who lose their lives for Him, will gain all things. Jesus tells us that
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”John 12:24.
When one enters into the spiritual life of a believer, everything is upside down from the world’s standards or procedures, And yet, we find out that when we “lose ourselves” in Him, that we then gain so much more than we could have imagined. When we become as nothing in and of ourselves, we then become all we could ever be in Him. Our lives are hidden in Him, and yet His light in us causes us to be “seen” not of ourselves, but as a new creation in Him.
So when it is said that … “then all these things will be added to you,” one must take in account what those things are. Are these things earthly treasures? Are those things worldly success and money? Or are those things the bi-products of living in His presence and living in a life of identification with Him? When we seek His Kingdom, we are actually seeking Him are we not? So then when we seek His kingdom and His righteousness, then all those attributes of God are then available to us. All of His character, the fruits of the Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit, can then become manifested in our lives as we daily seek His kingdom and His righteousness.
And yet God doesn’t want to just infuse us with spiritual things. He is a practical and an understanding God that wants us to be successful and He wants to bless us. If one has then been blessed with His wisdom, the fruits of His Spirit, and various gifts from His Spirit, but lives in poverty and isn’t able to provide for his family, then surely something from His kingdom is missing. I’m not saying after seeking Him first continually that one would have a Mercedes Benz or live in a mansion, but he or she would have his or her basic needs taken care of. He would not be begging for bread, in fact his cup may well be overflowing so that his life would overflow unto others.
He says that the lilies of the field are clothed in more splendor than Solomon ever was. He says not to take any thought of what we may wear or eat or drink, because all seek after these things, and the Father knows that we need them. So then, we don’t seek any of these things “first,” but in seeking Him and His kingdom first, then ALL these things will be added unto us.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?