Seeking The Kingdom Of God Is Not Hard!
The Kingdom of God is present and available to all of us, but few Believers know how to seek God’s Kingdom and discern His will for our lives. Seeking God isn’t really hard. In fact, it is very easy to seek God.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”Matthew 6:33
As Believers, Jesus has called us to first seek God’s Kingdom because everything else will eventually fall into place when we learn to prioritize God.
So, how do Christians seek God’s Kingdom? To seek God’s Kingdom is to completely seek His will and His ways and to abide in Him at all times.
To seek His Kingdom, we must be saturated ourselves in His Word and prayers. Another important verse that talks about seeking the Kingdom of God is Joshua 1:8,
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”Joshua 1:8
Meditating on the Word of God is important and praying without ceasing is necessary.
Why Should Christians Seek The Kingdom of God?
God is our everything. He is the very purpose of our lives.
As Paul said in Philippians 1:21,
“To live is Christ and to die is gain.”
He is our eternity; He is our gift. If you do not know God in this intimate manner, you’re missing out on life.
We must seek His Kingdom to find Him. God is always available to us, but we must put in the effort to actively seek Him.
But the question is, why should we seek the Kingdom of God? We seek the Kingdom of God because we love Jesus.
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When we seek Jesus, we’re seeking His Kingdom, and when we’re seeking His Kingdom, we’re seeking Him.
What does God’s Kingdom even mean? His Kingdom is where He rules, governs, and reigns.
It isn’t merely physical; it is also spiritual. Everything that God created is under His rule; all things are accountable to Him. God’s Kingdom is available to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Another question one can ask here is, if we’re called to seek God’s Kingdom first, are we supposed to let go or forsake the other priorities or things of the world?
The answer to this question is no. We’re called to live our lives for Christ, and there is an order in which things have been created. God created order, and serving Him through the daily things of life is glorifying Him.
So yes, we must serve our primary purposes first and not neglect or reject them.
By doing so, we’re serving God’s Kingdom.
How Do We Seek First The Kingdom of Heaven?
Here are a few ways to seek the Kingdom of God:
- READ AND STUDY THE WORD Of GOD: The Word of God should be our daily bread. As Believers, we cannot live without it; there is no faith in God without His Word. Just as our survival depends upon the food we consume, our spiritual survival depends on our consumption of God’s Word.
The Bible says in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” His Word lights the very path we walk on. When we read His Word, we get to spend time with Him and get to know Him personally. When we read His Word, we get to claim and inherit His promises; we get strengthened against sin. That’s how and why we seek the Kingdom of God through His Word.
2.PRAYER: Prayer changes things. Prayer is potent. How strong is your prayer life? The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We’re called to pray at all times, and no, the circumstances do not matter. We’re supposed to pray through suffering, pain, joy, and happiness.
The beauty of prayer is that God always listens. He never rejects the prayers of His children (James 5:16). Prayer brings us to a place and intimacy and nothingness; we are nothing without God, and we cannot do life without Him. With the world we live in changing and morphing daily, we need to pray harder and more often.
We cannot effectively seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness and not fast regularly. Fasting and praying with faith in God are the most effective tools at our disposal to achieve this objective.
Additionally, it’s not one or the other, for we must fast and pray while seeking God.
3. WORSHIP: Worship is a way of life. It isn’t merely singing songs of praise and worship; it is how we live our lives and choose to honor God through it all. Worship always brings heaven down to earth; it brings God’s Kingdom to the lives of His people.
The Bible says in John 4:24, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” Worshipping God in spirit and truth means worshiping Him from the heart. Yes, worship can be fake and hypocritical. We can go to church on a Sunday and be holy and then come back home and go about our regular lives without any awareness of God. Our worship must be true and sincere, presented to God without any blemishes.
4. PRAISE: Praise comes from a full heart. A full and grateful heart doesn’t need perfect circumstances. We just need to trust God and know that He is strong when we are weak. Yes, it’s that simple. The 100th Psalm is a beautiful Psalm of praise and trust in God.
The Bible says in Psalm 150:6, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” We were created to love and adore God; we were created to praise and worship Him.
5. GIVING THANKS: Gratitude and thankfulness change everything. We’re called to enter God’s gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4). Gratitude helps us go through life with a more positive outlook; it helps us build strong relationships and deal with adversity in a better way. It improves one’s health; it changes the very structure of the brain. Gratitude lights up the reward pathways of the brain and also the Hypothalamus.
The Bible says in James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Every single good thing or blessing we’ve received comes from God, so how can we not choose to be thankful?
6. REPENTANCE: Repentance is very important. We need the Gospel every single day; we need God’s grace daily. God knows the intentions of our hearts; He sees everything. We cannot hide anything from Him. We’re all born in sin; no man is perfect. Christ paid the entire price for us, but we need to repent and confess our sins regularly.
Seeking The Kingdom of God Should Always Be Our First Priority
Because once you get this right, every other aspect of our lives falls correctly and timely into its proper place!
The Bible says in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Where is your treasure? What occupies your heart? Is it filled with the things of the world, or does God occupy the uppermost position in your heart? Is Jesus your first priority?
If yes, do you regularly and intentionally spend time with Him?
The Bible says in Proverbs 21:2, “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.”
God knows the intentions of your heart.
We Could Do The Right Thing For The Wrong Reason!
For example, we can do the right things for the wrong reasons. Our human nature is fallen, and we know that we need a fresh measure of God’s grace daily.
How do we make God our first priority? We’ve already seen how we can seek the Kingdom of God. To make God our first priority, we must come to a place of repentance and absolute surrender.
We’ve got to let go of our control over things and let God take over our lives. Jesus said in Matthew 4:17, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” We have to check our hearts and go to the throne of God.
We must submit and surrender to Him. Our emotions are futile and fragile. They change with time and seasons, but God is our fortress.
He never changes. His faithfulness is eternal. We must make it a point to lay our emotions at the feet of the cross daily.
Instead of letting out emotions rule us, we must let the Truth of the Word rule our daily lives.
We must also have complete faith in Christ because He is able to do that which we cannot. When we seek His Kingdom and His will, everything else will fall into place.
We’ve seen multiple ways to seek the Kingdom of God. We’ve also seen and understood why we need to seek the Kingdom of God.
Lastly, we’ve seen that God needs to be our first priority. Life is meaningless without God, and when we go to Him, we must seek Him with a whole heart.
We cannot be lukewarm and expect Him to show up for us. Let us run this race with endurance.
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