Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
We are living in a “me-first world” which has resulted in a “me-first mentality”.
Have you noticed you don’t even need to teach kids to say “me” or “mine”? But you have to teach them to say “please", "thank you" and "share”.
The culture of our society has conditioned us from a young age to be me-first.
As we grow older this me-first mentality makes its way into everything. We want to be the first into the lift, the first onto the MTR so we don’t miss out and we’ll trample over everyone else if we have to. When driving we have to get in front of that car next to us.
But Jesus encourages us to have a God first mentality. And it begs the question – how do we even begin to have a “God first focus” when we are living in a “me-first world”?
The answer is in Jesus' statement in Matthew 6:33. He said when we seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, then all these things will be given to you. “Things” here are all the needs and necessities of life. What Jesus is saying is there are two sources of provision – the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God. And when you see God as your source, you are not going to be competing with every other person for something. Because unlike the world, God’s supply is never going to run dry.
It’s the limited supply of resources in the world, that creates a “me first mentality". So we stress and strive to get all we can before someone else beats us to it. But when you see the Lord as your source and supply, you won't live like this. You will never be fooled or conned by the next opportunity that is too good to miss out on.
If you miss out on something, don't worry. If you didn’t get the promotion or the job, don’t worry. If it seems you are always being “pipped at the post”, don’t worry because the Lord has you covered.
When you always see the Lord as your source and supply, He is the One who makes sure you not only get everything you need, but you also enjoy His overflow.
King David said: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”. He declared he was never in lack even when he was down in the valley! It’s because he knew the Lord was his source and supply.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:32 “don’t seek like the Gentiles seek”. The word “seek” here means “stressing, striving, grasping and grabbing” – it’s like a shopping sale frenzy at the mall.
But Jesus goes on to say, “but seek first the kingdom of God” – the word "seek" here means to “desire, worship after God”.
Jesus is teaching you how to “rest” in God and what trusting from the heart looks like – it’s restful rather than stressful.