Seek First His Kingdom and His Righteousness

Posted by admin on 14 March 2021 in 1 Timothy, Ecclesiastes, Luke, Matthew |

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

Matthew 6:19-34

    19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    22"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

    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.

    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?

    28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I. Treasure in heaven (19 – 24)

See v19a.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,”

Jesus says the reason at v19b.

“where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”

Here, moths are major agricultural pests, which cause severe damage to forests and fruit farms. Also, moths destroy clothing by eating holes in it. Rust is iron oxides formed by the reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture, which destroys iron metal. Someone may say gold and silver are treasures that are not destroyed by moth or rust. But thieves may break in and steal such treasures.

Storing treasures on earth gives us great frustration, affliction and anger.

Have you been frustrated because you try to store up treasures on earth?

Then what does Jesus command us to do? See v20. He asks us to store up our treasures in heaven, where there is no moth, rust or thieves.

See v21.

21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “

Amen.

The Message Bible [2] translated v21 as follow.

It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

 So if heaven is the place you most want to be, store treasures in heaven. If you want to end up in heaven, store treasures in heaven. It’s for you. Your treasures in heaven are safer than on earth. Your work for God is more rewarding than anything you invest in the world.

 

The lamp of the body (22 - 23)

Jesus says in v22a,

“The eye is the lamp of the body.”

If your eyes are good, your body has good lamps and is full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your body has bad lamps and is full of darkness.  If we have good knowledge of the Bible, we can have an excellent biblical point of view. This will be like the light in our lives. If we have poor knowledge of the Bible, we may have an incorrect point of view. Some people make other sources rather than the Holy Bible as their knowledge base. Many people believe and follow falsehood. Many people believe in the power of money. This is like making darkness their light. Jesus warns, “If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (23b). When they follow false lights, their darkness is great.

 

Two masters (24)

See v24. Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters.”(24a). The reason is, “Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Then, what are the two masters in our lives? Jesus says, “You cannot serve both God and Money.” They are God and Money.

Some people think they can manage their lives without recognizing God. So they don’t believe in God. To them, money looks practical and first. Their master is money.

Some people believe in God but serve money as the master. The Pharisees are such examples.

When Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and money.” in Luke 16:13. It is written in Luke 16:14,

14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.

The Pharisees were religious leaders. But they were devoted to money and despised the son of God, Jesus.

When they loved money, they were against God, and they were evil.

Paul says, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

See 1 Timothy 6:9,10.

9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 teaches us to be content.

6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Solomon, the king of Wisdom, said in Ecclesiastes 5:10-20,

      10 Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
This too is meaningless.

    11 As goods increase,
so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owner
except to feast his eyes on them?

    12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
whether he eats little or much,
but the abundance of a rich man
permits him no sleep.

    13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:
wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner,

    14 or wealth lost through some misfortune,
so that when he has a son
there is nothing left for him.

    15 Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb,
and as he comes, so he departs.
He takes nothing from his labor
that he can carry in his hand.

    16 This too is a grievous evil:
As a man comes, so he departs,
and what does he gain,
since he toils for the wind?

    17 All his days he eats in darkness,
with great frustration, affliction and anger.

    18 Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.

Amen.

II. Do not worry about life (25 – 34)

See v25a. “…do not worry about your life”, and Jesus says the reason at v25b-32.

Jesus showed an example of birds that God feeds them even though birds do not sow, reap or store. We are much more valuable than birds. Also, he showed an example of lilies that God clothes them even though they do not labour or spin. Jesus says God clothes them, which could be here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire, then how much more will he clothe us. Our heavenly Father knows all our needs.

Food, drink and clothes are our basic needs. So if we don’t have faith in God and worry about them, our priority in life will become ensuring these things. But instead, what does Jesus ask us to do as the first priority? See v33.

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

This word teaches us the priority of our life. What is the highest priority in your life each day? It is “seeking God’s Kingdom and God’s righteousness”. This is the 1st priority among all other things every day. If you do so, Jesus promises “all these things will be given to you as well.” (33b) This is a promise of God.

While you will experience frustration if you try to store up treasures on earth, you will experience God’s provision if you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

I pray that everyone here today may seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness every day, live on God’s amazing provision every day and store treasures in heaven every day!

Amen.

 

References

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Anglicised Edition, 2011). (2011). (Revised and updated edition). London: Hodder & Stoughton.

[2] Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Mt 6:21). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

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