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Summary: Some form of the word “Seek” is used in the Bible over 150 times, therefore when we encounter a verse that clearly states we are to “seek first” something, that should clearly get our attention.

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First Things First

Introduction

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The bible in different ways tells us what we need to seek for and what we should not seek.

Examples – Leviticus 19:31 “‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. (NIV)

Romans 2:8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

And sometimes the Scripture imply we need to be seeking something…

Matthew 7:14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.

Some form of the word “Seek” is used in the Bible over 150 times, therefore when we encounter a verse that clearly states we are to “seek first” something, that should clearly get our attention.

Please notice the first word in…

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

“But” – a Conjunction, meaning on the contrary or contrary to expectation

Let’s back up several verses and see what is contrary to Seeking His Kingdom and His Righteousness.

Matthew 6:24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Which master will we choose to serve, God or Money?

A very good friend shared this illustration with me and I now present it to you.

Food for Thought: THE TWO WOLVES

One evening an old Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?" The old Indian simply replied, "The one you feed."

Jesus goes on to tell us,

Do Not Worry

Matthew 6:25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Jesus uses the word “therefore” which bridges these statements to the previous ones about which master you choose to serve.

If Jesus truly is the Master you now serve then you should Trust Him and know that in all things he will look out for us. He doesn’t want our life to be a lifetime of worry.

You could get the impression that birds are inactive, just sitting there waiting for the next worm or insect to be dropped off in their mouth. God does provide, but laziness will not locate those provisions.


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