Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25 These are the very things we work and labor for. When He made that statement, He turned the culture and society on their ears. With those brief words, King Jesus stripped us of everything we thought was important. For example—Food, drink, clothing, shelter, automobiles, finances, luxuries—are just a few of the things we as people live for. These are the things we get out of bed for on a daily basis. They may be things we need, but they are not what we are to seek after. They are not to be our focus and first priority. By the way, these are the very things that, if we seek the Kingdom first, we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves with, because the King will provide for us. We only first have to obey and seek His Kingdom. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Please note: All of the things that are mentioned are for the exterior—the flesh—not for the spirit of man. It is the pursuit of all these things that drive humanity and its cultures. Yet these are the very things the King stated we shouldn’t live for.
Please note: The King has an obligation to take care of His citizens. He will supply all of our needs. Trust Him. Ambassador Paul made that very clear in his letter to the Philippians. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 Remember that the Lord Jesus told us to not even worry about those things. Are you aware that worrying is nothing more than doubt and a lack of faith? Doubt brings on anxiety and hinders our belief in the Lord God’s constitution. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6 James goes on to say, For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:7-8 Ouch! Did you feel that one? That one stings!
Focus point: When the Lord Jesus made the statement concerning His Father’s Kingdom, He stripped away all of our confusing energy-draining, deceptive, distracting, misleading and misplaced priorities. He left us with one simple focus—seeking the Kingdom of the Lord God and His righteousness! In doing so, He also gave us the key to a simpler and fulfilling life.
The Lord Jesus said that when we make the Kingdom of the Lord God our first priority, all these other things that we have been pursuing will turn around and pursue us! When are we going to get a clue? Those things will chase us down. This is the fundamental principle of the Lord God’s Kingdom. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. This is one of the simplest statement in God’s constitution, yet it is one of the least to be obeyed. Keep in mind, we are possessed by our quest for things and what many call “the good life” and “happiness”. While the Lord God is looking for Kingdom minded citizens, possessed with His Holy Spirit.
Please note: All who seek the Kingdom of God and make it a priority gain access to all the King’s riches and His resources. We own nothing, but He gives His people access. You will never have to settle for scraps. You are a child of the King and a citizen of His Kingdom! Even though we live here in this three dimensional world, our real home—our citizenship—is in the Lord God’s Kingdom. Read what ambassador Paul said: For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. Philippians 3:18-20
Kingdom citizens don’t just live on this earth to make a living or a paycheck. They have an assignment from the King and work for the Kingdom. Always remember that no matter who signs your paychecks, as a citizen of the Kingdom, your Lord and King is your source.
Remember, your greatest asset is your faith in His Word.
All scriptures are New King James translation except where noted.
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