But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Matthew 6:33 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
It’s described as progressive thinking; to have the personal fortitude to pronounce that there is no god. Sadly, this is nothing more than the tired mantra of the oldest and most worn out enemy of humanity; Lucifer.
The scripture warns us that he will be working his hardest as the end approached. Not the end of humanity, for humanity is a living soul. It is, in fact, eternal. But then we see people dying all the time! Their bodies yes, but the souls remain afterwards; either to reside with that God we are told it is not in vogue to acknowledge, or eternal separation from God.
If that was all there was to it, then what we are being told to do would be fairly benign. However, what our old enemy doesn’t want us to understand is just what separation from God means to us. It is not a party environment. Another way you might describe it is ‘eternal death’; not sleep, death!
Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!
Matthew 25:41 (HCSB)
No this separation from God is not a pleasant thing at all. There is no escape and that eternal fire never fully consumes its victims, they continue in anguish throughout eternity. No opportunity for redemption; that time will have passed. This is the judgement of the Lord God whom they would have denied.
Perhaps not so brash a denial as to say there is no God, but for all those who fail to accept the Grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
What We Seek
Jesus, made this clear in the following passage, but I think people typically look at this as a one sided option.
“Keep asking,, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.“
Matthew 7:7-8 (HCSB)
This is a fairly well known passage from Jesus’s teachings. What folks often fail to see in it is what it says verses what it doesn’t say.
It says, ‘Keep searching, and you will find’ what you’re looking for. It does not say, ‘Don’t bother to search and you’ll be just fine’.
No, we seek something regardless. We either seek a life with God or we seek a life without God. This scripture states clearly, regardless of what we are seeking, we WILL FIND IT! So the day the denier finds themselves in that place of torment, they will realize precisely what they sought in life and they will have accomplished finding exactly that. If we seek life without out God we will find life without God; for eternity in constant unmitigated suffering.
However, if we seek God, seek salvation, seek redemption, seek His love, peace, and grace; we WILL find it! It’s as simple as that!
We opened todays passages with ‘Seek first the kingdom of God’. It’s interesting to note that if we do, we don’t only find that kingdom, we understand that ‘All these things will be added to us’. All what things?
If we back up to verse 25 we find out:
“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?“
Matthew 6:25 (HCSB)
Sustenance. Or to focus in a more general sense, what Jesus was saying is, ‘stop being troubled about your day to day needs all the time. if you seek God’s Kingdom, He will take care of your needs!’
You can take that about as far as you wish, and it will remain true. Remember ‘search and you will find what you’re searching for’; right?
What are some other benefits of seeking?
In Acts we find that if we happen to be seeking God that we don’t have to look very far before we find Him.
He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
Acts 17:27 (HCSB)
Seeking God can empower us with His strength!
Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11 (HCSB)
We see that there isn’t a pass card for those who choose to seek a life without God. We must have faith in God and understand that He is.
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6 (HCSB)
Seek the Lord for righteousness.
Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the Lord until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.
Hosea 10:12 (HCSB)
Seeking is something we all do. There is no neutral position in the middle. We either seek God, or we seek an existence without God. Computer geeks understand this as being a binary choice; you either do or you don’t. The selection, determines the flow and resulting actions. It’s as simple as that.
I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith.
I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (HCSB)
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB)
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins.
2 Peter 1:3-10 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
I won’t go into a long dissertation on this passage but I did want to point out the amazing benefit we have when we give our lives to Jesus Christ and accept is Grace and forgiveness.
What we get is the opportunity to share in His Devine nature! This gives us the power to escape corruption in this world.
Thank You Jesus!
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.“
John 14:6 (HCSB)
Happy is one who cares for the poor; the Lord will save him in a day of adversity. The Lord will keep him and preserve him; he will be blessed in the land.
You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed; You will heal him on the bed where he lies.
Psalms 41:1-3 (HCSB)