Matthew 6:33 But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.
When I truly understood what Jesus is saying here, is when I saw trouble and problems being solved.
In verse 31 Jesus says not to worry about what to eat or drink or what you will wear. In other words, He is saying don’t worry about the important necessities of life, the things that are at the source of many of our problems and troubles because God knows that you have need of these things.
In verse 32 He says don’t seek after these things the way the Gentiles do. What is important and what the English translations lose, is that Jesus uses two different words here for the word “seek”:
- In v32 “seek” is the word “epizeteo” – meaning to seek with all your might, sweat and stress.
- In v33 “seek” is the word “zeteo” – meaning to hunger, desire, and worship.
When it comes to the world, people are stressing and striving to get ahead, they compete against one another working long hours, taxing their bodies, health, families, and marriages.
But God doesn’t want His children to be like that. Rather He wants you to understand the keys of the Kingdom and how success flows through the inner world of the heart, through hungering and desiring after God. And this disposition, Jesus says, is what attracts the favor and blessings of life to add up in your life. (Matthew 6:33)
The Bible says in Romans 14:17, the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. This is saying what Jesus said in Matthew 6:32-33. Kingdom life is not about what happens on the outside, but what is happening on the inside. When you seek God’s Kingdom, His righteousness, peace, and joy begin flowing out of you.
When talking to the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like living water flowing out of you. This living water is what produces life, not just eternal life but abundant life now (John 10:10). This abundant life of the Kingdom is already within you and the tap that causes it to flow is seeking God.
So how do I seek God?
- It is continually being aware of your righteousness in Christ and that you are dearly loved by Christ.
- It is carrying a heart of thanksgiving to God.
- It is desiring Him.
- It is praising and prioritizing Him.
- It is exalting His Word in your life.
- It is meditating upon His scriptures through prayer.
When you continually seek God, you will eventually see your problems dissolving around you.