Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:33
I am constantly amazed at how scripture speaks with such fresh creativity – yet at the same time consistency – over time. It’s almost as if we are continually circling the truth, looking at it from different angles. There is no inconsistency in God, just massive incompleteness in how we know God. Therefore there is always more to learn because we will never fully understand God in this life.
There is no inconsistency in God, just massive incompleteness in how we know God.
Therefore our dogma must always be in question, because our knowing is always incomplete. So long as we are open to growing, and always approaching the scriptures with humility, and so long as we are intentionally pursuing a closer walk with Jesus, then we will consistently be amazed.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So this morning I read the text of Matthew 6:33 for maybe the nine-hundreth time: “Seek the Kingdom.” This time the wording helped me understand, more than ever before. I had always thought it was God’s righteousness we were supposed to be seeking – like looking for God to be doing something righteous, then appreciating it like a work of fine art! “Nice righteousness, God. High five! Way to go!”
Then this morning I walked around the scripture and I looked at it from another angle. I can see where “living righteously” is my responsibility, that it’s something I do – something I become – in response to my desire for the Kingdom.
I don’t need to stick my head in the clouds (like a reverse ostrich) and wait for God to give me everything I want. No! I seek the Kingdom of God above all else. And I live righteously (which also means justly). That’s my focus. God is going to give me everything I need. But, of course, everything I need turns out to be Jesus.
“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” – John 4:14-15
Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”
“Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.
Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. – John 4:32-24
Everything I need is Jesus! Set your heart on the Gospel of Love, then live in response to the imperative of Love – and don’t worry, God will give you everything you need. Everything you need is Jesus.
(Here are some images from church this Sunday. Fun stuff!)
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.