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Matthew 6:33

Posted 11/19/21, by Dan Vis

As we draw this week's study on the subject of money to a close--we have one more verse to look at.

And it's probably the best-known verse in the whole section. In fact, you probably have it memorized. If not formally, then because it's been converted into a popular Scripture song. Here are the words:

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

It's kind of the climax to the whole passage isn't it? Given everything we've studied leading up to this--shouldn't we give ourselves first and foremost to God? And to the advancement of His cause? His kingdom?

This is what Jesus meant when He said to not focus on laying up earthly treasures, but to pursue heavenly ones instead. It's taking our time and resources, and investing them in His work, whenever, and in whatever ways we can.

This is why Jesus explained how our how heart is naturally and inevitably drawn to wherever we put our treasure. So we could understand that the only way to have the kingdom of heaven reproduced in our heart, is to give of ourselves, fully, to the advance of that kingdom.

This is where the principle Jesus taught comes in--that we dare not be double minded. That we it's impossible to serve God and mammon both. One will inexorably crowd out the other and we'll end up at last, full of light, or full of darkness.

And this is why Jesus said we should take no thought for the morrow. If we put Christ and His cause first in our life, we don't have to worry about how we will make ends meet. A lack of clear provision need not hinder us from going forward when called to serve.

Yes, the grand conclusion of all these financial principles is today's glorious invitation: seek ye first, the kingdom of God. His righteousness. His salvation. His character. His cause. Everything Jesus has said so far leads up to exactly this!

It's a radical way of reorienting our life. That the cause of Christ must come first. And that if we do that, our financial pressures will take care of themselves.

Isn't that the life you want?

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Posted by Dan Vis on 11/26/21
It's a great verse indeed Lynie! And a great scripture song too. :) Let's keep trusting--it's definitely the better way to make it through tough times.
Posted by Lynie on 11/25/21
Yes..I love this verse "Seek ye first,the kingdom God and HIS righteousness and these shall be added unto you." When we put Jesus first and relying on HIM fully..HE will surely provide our needs..If we rely in ourselves we will get worry and anxious..But if we put our trust and believe in HIM, HE will give everything that we need.
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/21/21
I guess that's a point definitely worth mentioning Qing! Of course, for that, we have Rocket Goals coming up!
Posted by Qing Ling on 11/20/21
A lack of clear provision need not hinder us from going forward when called to serve.

The first thing is to be clear about our calling:)
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/19/21
That's right Kathryn. We don't want to trust in our self. But at the same time, simple obedience requires to give our best effort to fulfilling His work and advancing His kingdom. Learning to stay focused on duty while also staying focused on Jesus as our strength, is a powerful combination. Good post!
Posted by Kathryn D. Search on 11/19/21
Yes, I want His will done in my life. But I don't want to be like Peter, and think I can do any part of it myself. I must always realize my dependence on Him for all I have and can be in this life. Not I but Christ be seen be known be heard... That whole song says a lot about our need of relying on Him.


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