Question: Jesus told his disciples, "Seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things [food and clothing] will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33, WEB) How can we seek God's Kingdom and His righteousness first?
Answer: To seek Yahweh's Kingdom above everything else, we must live by His will, principles and precepts in both attitude and actions. Specifically, here's how:
a) First, one has to receive Jesus as their personal Savior and Master. This is the ultimate will of God for everyone, as He "desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:4) When one accepts the Gospel of Christ, one spiritually enters the Kingdom of God, wherein they will physically reside after humanity's future resurrection of the righteous.
The Gospel message is quite simple:
Yahweh God Almighty our Creator and Life-Giver hates all sins, and every person is a sinner with no exception, so all deserve God's eternal wrath and condemnation. We all are hopelessly doomed. But wait, this is where God's pure grace kicks in: He has made provision for everyone's forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ. Once a person comes to trust in Jesus alone as their Lord and Savior for their salvation, believing that he is the Son of God who came to Earth, died for our sins, was buried, resurrected on the third day, and ascended back to heaven, God will forgive that person of all their sins, impute Jesus' righteousness on them, and give them the Holy Spirit that helps them live a whole new life that's pleasing to God. Then in the future, all True Christians will be resurrected whereupon they will live forever with God and Jesus. On the other hand, those who willfully reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will also be resurrected, but they will be judged and then sentenced to eternal death, with no chance of a resurrection ever again. Without accepting Jesus when given the opportunity, every person is lost, helpless, hopeless, and destined to eternal death.
Believing in Yahweh and His Son Jesus Christ and walking according to Yahweh’s will is the only way to salvation (eternal life) for anyone who believes. Each person's eternal destiny is up to that person. Each of us has one decision to make: eternal life or eternal death? This decision is the most important decision we'll ever make, as it determines our eternal destiny. We mustn't delay in deciding, for upon our passing or when Jesus returns (whichever comes first), the door of opportunity for us to decide and repent will close.
However, believing in God is the easy part; loving Him is the hard part. Only when we love God will we have the desire to live according to His will. The Demons believe in God and they shudder (James 2:19), but are they going to receive eternal life? No, unless they sincerely repent. Regardless of the sins we have ever committed, if we repent and believe, we will all be saved.
b) Once a person has accepted the Gospel, they will need to live by Yahweh's principles and precepts. Simply believing in Jesus is not enough; one will not enter God's Kingdom with the faith of demons. Note what Jesus said: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)
When God's Kingdom is our number one priority, we ought to do our best to live according to Kingdom principles taught by Jesus Christ, who will be God's appointed King for 1000 years. For instance, when Jesus Christ told us to forgive others, we should obey. When He commanded us to honor our father and mother, we should do according to His commandment, which is Yahweh's commandment. When we break any of God's laws, we must quickly confess to God of our sin and ask for His forgiveness.
c) Living by God's Kingdom principles and precepts includes fulfilling the Great Commission to spread the Gospel to the uttermost parts of Earth. We need to take up the Great Commission as part of the duties of Kingdom residency. We can and should spread God's Gospel through both active and silent witnessing, such as exhibiting a Kingdom attitude. Such an attitude is mild, gentle, meek, and loving. In other words, we are to aim to have the humble attitude of Christ. This development of Christ-like nature is done by God, so we need to constantly ask God to bear this fruit in us.
d) Finally, we must make God's Kingdom our main prayer focus. Jesus taught us to pray, "Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth." (Matthew 6:10) This should be our main concern for not only ourselves but all of humanity, past, present and future, for it's only when God's Kingdom comes will all darkness, suffering, and evil end, forever.
In doing these four steps, we will be actively seeking God's Kingdom and righteousness first. Then in the future, all of our needs and godly desires, and beyond, will be met by Yahweh and Jesus.
If you'd like to know God's Kingdom principles, by all means e-mail me and we'll discover them together!
Dr. Shirley Cheng (b. 1983) is a blind and physically disabled award-winning author with twenty-seven book awards, proclaimer of Yahweh God's good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, Bible teacher, founder of www.Ultra-Ability.com Ministry, summa cum laude graduate with Doctor of Divinity, motivational speaker, poet; and author of nine books (including "Do You Love Jehovah?"), contributor to twenty-five, and an editor of one. Shirley has had severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since infancy. Owing to years of hospitalization, she received no education until age eleven. Back then, she knew only her ABCs and very simple English; other than that, her book knowledge was non-existent. However, after only about 180 days of special education in elementary school, she mastered grade level and entered a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Unfortunately, Shirley lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen. After a successful eye surgery, she hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University. http://www.ShirleyCheng.com
Do you have questions about the Bible? Something you don't understand? Do you need a bit of guidance in developing a relationship with Yahweh? Then Shirley would like to help you! Please contact her via her site at http://www.shirleycheng.com and she would be more than glad to do her best to answer your questions! Never hesitate to ask questions, for no question about the Bible is ever too small or stupid.