But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness
The only way that we can be suitable for the kingdom of heaven is through obedience to Jesus Christ. God the Father said: “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him.” God gave all authority to Jesus. We read in Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”’
Jesus will judge the world. We read in John 5:22 “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son.”
Man is continually worried about a lot of things but Jesus, who is the final Judge, commanded the following: We read in Matthew 6:25-33 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
The only thing that we should be concerned about is whether the highest authority in heaven and earth, Jesus Christ, is satisfied with me. Nothing else matters but what the King of this Kingdom of heaven thinks of me.
Jesus is not impressed by any man, He knows what we are, we were made by Him. He knows we are weak. All that is acceptable to Him is our obedience to Himself. Through our obedience we shall become righteous. Once you start caring what Jesus wants, because you believe in Him and you obey Him, you become instantly righteous. You will also believe that He meant what He said: “ “If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, 48 where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. Mark 9:47-48.
The main reason why people do not want the Kingdom of God and His righteousness is in the first place: They don’t trust God, they think that He will give them a bad deal. In the second place they love their sin and they don’t want to stop sinning.
The things that we desire are our OWN LUSTS, it has nothing to do with what God wants. Jesus said He will supply in all our needs but we want more than what we need and we also don’t want God’s will.
He says “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” The things we need.
So, why do we want things?
Why do I want that new big car? To get you from A to B or do I want to brag. What is my motive? Has it got anything to do with Jesus and His Kingdom?
Why do you want to look “good.” Why do you want that breast implant? Why sir, do you want to go to the gym and exercise your muscles, body build? Has it got anything to do with the Kingdom of God? No! I know, I did it myself.
Why do you want that Higher Diploma, that Master degree? To get a better job to make more money to live in a better suburb to distinguish yourself.
Why do you want that credit facility? To buy stuff that you cannot afford to impress people that you don’t like?
So you want to be smart so that you can attract people to become Christians like you are? That is what many say. That’s not what Jesus did. He came to do the will of the Father, nothing else. He did not attract people. We read in Isaiah 53 “He had no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”
Is that how you wish to be?
Jesus never begged any one to follow Him. Many disciples left Jesus after He said: “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” John 6:41 He then asked the twelve disciples: “You do not want to go away also, do you?” 68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. 69 “We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”
Jesus never attracted people. He did the will of the Father. He was not concerned about friends and fellowship. When they told Him that his mother and brothers were outside and wanted to see Him He said: Matthew 12:49-50 “And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! 50 “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
“Whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven”, they are those who obey Jesus, who seek His Kingdom and His righteousness.
Salvation is through believing in Jesus and obeying Him, seeking His kingdom and performing His righteousness.
Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
He also says in John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
What is your motive, what is my motive? To please Jesus? Do you love Him with all your heart? Does your mind center around what Jesus wants, His Kingdom and His righteousness? If not, He will not reveal Himself to you.
If Jesus is not the Lord of your life you will never learn His voice. He said: “My sheep know My voice and they follow Me.” If we never got to know His voice we were never His sheep and He will say to us: Go away I never knew you.
We read in Luke 13:23-28 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 “Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26 “Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27 and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.’ 28 “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Do you seek His kingdom and His righteousness? Do you know His voice? Will you enter in through the narrow door?
Few there will be that find it.
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