The Kingdom of God. It is the place where the King rules and hearts adore Him. The Kingdom of God is not as much a certain place as it is meant to be every place. It is not so much outer space as inner space. This is the mystery of the Kingdom of God. This is what we are told to seek first.
Seek First. First priority. First thought. First thing. We are to seek not our desires, goals, purpose, plans, wants, needs, or anything short of the Kingdom first. What does this mean and what does it look like to live in such a way?
If the Kingdom is everywhere and within as much as outside of us, then there are some tangible applications to what Jesus means when He says “seek first His Kingdom.”
Application #1 Every Kingdom has a King. The rules and guidelines for life are set by the King. He determines what is important and what is not. We often like to be masters of our own domain. However someone who seeks His Kingdom first has surrendered his castle, fortress, home, etc. to the rule of the King. Begin to allow the Spirit of God to rule your life . Don’t cater to your preferences, desires, whims, or even beliefs about how God does things. Allowing God and His Spirit to move and work as they please is the only way to live within this Kingdom. The Kingdom of God only has one King and it’s not you or I!
Application #2 Govern your life by Sovereign Rule. We can find ourselves struggling to continue to do the right things. It is then we must remember Kingdom of God. People may wonder why we choose to be nice and give money to a homeless guys who is going to go and blow it on some cheap liquor. My response is that I am only responsible for what I do, not what He does. I can only obey God and seek to build His Kingdom. I must rest and trust in God’s great sovereign rule. God has the power to take my good (and my bad) and transform it into something beautiful. When I am seeking His Kingdom, even if I choose poorly and make a mistake, He will direct my path back to Himself. In other words, don’t fail to choose to do good for fear of it not working out. Don’t fail to give your absolute best when the results are not there or in your control anyway. Trust in His sovereign rule. When we are seeking his Kingdom, God will use even our worst failings to do something for which He alone gets credit.
Application #3 Give Him The Glory. God’s Kingdom is about God’s glory. It is a place where all attention is directed to God and all is done for God. We can easily fall into a trap of living out self-serving tasks in the name of Jesus. We can forget that the reason we exist is not for ourselves but for The King. When we choose to live for the Kingdom of God everything about our lives is used to simply direct people to the King. We don’t live for ourselves but for the King. We don’t serve ourselves but the King. We don’t accept praise but we give it to the King. All that we are and all that we have is for the King and to be used for Kingdom purposes.
In the Kingdom of God life is upside-down and inside-out. It is seen and hidden, eternal and now. The Kingdom of God is not only near you or in you…you are in it! So let God your King, let him rule and control each area of life and give Him glory in all that you do. When you do…you are seeking the Kingdom of God!