“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you“ (Matthew 6:33).
When Solomon, the son of David became king and was set with the task of building a house for God the first thing he did was to pray. He didn’t pray to God for power or money but rather wisdom and discernment.
Solomon prayed, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1 Kings 3:9)
Not only did God grant Solomon’s request but added unto it.
“And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days”. (1 Kings 3: 13-14)
This exemplifies perfectly what Jesus Christ was teaching in Matthew 6:33. Solomon first sought the kingdom of God. God then added all things to him. Solomon had been given a huge task. He was now the ruler of all the people of Israel. He was charged with building the house of the Lord. Solomon was also responsible for all of the gold, silver, brass, iron and precious stones that were dedicated for the service of the Lord.
To give an inkling of an idea of how much treasure was freely given to the house of the Lord, David gave 3,000 talents of gold while the chief of the fathers of the tribes gave a combined 5,000 talents of gold. A talent of gold weighed 75 pounds. So all told a total of 600,000 pounds of gold was given. At the time of this writing the value of that gold would be $12,977,280,000.00
This is another principle from Matthew 6 that Jesus taught. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. (Matthew 6:21) No doubt David and the tribal fathers had their treasure in God.
But here’s the problem that we as Christians need to be aware of. Often times we get caught in the trap of focusing on our needs, wants and problems in the here and now. We concentrate our efforts in our prayers to God on earthly problem resolution, which is the exact opposite of what Solomon did. Neglecting the kingdom and our heavenly father we pray for blessings for today.
The best demonstration of what I am talking about comes from the Lord’s Prayer as taught by Jesus Christ in Matthew 6: 9-13. Notice the one prayer for a today blessing while the rest of it is dedicated to the spiritual blessing of the kingdom.
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13
As Jesus taught, the prayer for today is for our daily bread. All the rest is for the kingdom.
“Eternal life is the certain consequence, or rather completion of holiness. For thine is the kingdom – The sovereign right of all things that are or ever were created,” John Wesley
“This also Christ hath taught us in his perfect pattern and form of prayer, where there is but one prayer for outward, and all the rest are for spiritual blessings.” Matthew Henry
This brings to mind a final verse taken from Matthew 6. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
Are we serving two Masters? Do we have two Gods? Are we worshipping God the Father and pursing his righteousness or are we praying to God the fix it man? Jesus made it very clear. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness”. God and his righteousness are to be our top priority.
This reminds me of the Apostle Paul. He goes to God the fix it man to fix a malady a, “thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me”. But God tells him, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Seek the kingdom and God’s righteousness first and then ALL (stress added) things will be added unto you. Not some things, but all things!
Don’t just seek a blessing for today from God the fix it man. Always look through today and see the perfect tomorrow of God and his kingdom.
Matthew Henry, the famous 17th century Bible expositor put it this way about Solomon seeking God first. “Those that pursue present things most eagerly, are likely to be disappointed; while those that refer themselves to the providence of God, if they have not the most, have the most comfort. Those that make this world their end, come short of the other, and are disappointed in this also; but those that make the other world their end, shall not only obtain that, and full satisfaction in it, but shall have as much of this world as is good for them, in their way. Let us then be contented, without those great things which men generally covet, but which commonly prove fatal snares to the soul.” Matthew Henry from his commentary on 2 Chronicles 1
There is one God, one kingdom and one righteousness. Jesus told us to seek that first.