How Can I Find God’s Kingdom?



Question: “What is required to find God’s Kingdom?”



Bible Answers

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). Seek means to be actively looking. The most important thing to seek is God’s kingdom and His righteousness. What is God’s kingdom? A kingdom is an area with people who belong to that realm and over whom a sovereign exercises authority. The kingdom of God is that area that is controlled by God and that is being extended to the lost. The kingdom of God is the spiritual domain over which God is sovereign and enacts His will. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all (Psalms 103:19). We are to seek the things of God’s kingdom over the things of the world. And what does God want for His Kingdom?  One of God’s greatest desires is for His Kingdom to expand with the salvation of the lost.


Jesus Said, … behold, the Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).  He was talking about the will of God being done in the hearts of men. We become part of God’s kingdom by surrendering to Him and fulfilling the King’s orders.


Priorities

We find that most non-Christians and Christians are far more concerned about storing up treasures and possessions on earth than in heaven and are more willing to pay interest to lenders than to give tithes to God.


However, it's not the material possessions that cause difficulties; it is the attitude of the heart. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21). If our priority is accumulating possessions and living the worldly life, we will not have the energy or the time to seek God's kingdom.


When we allow our minds to be dominated by what we see, taste, hear, smell, feel, and the problems that surround us, we are not experiencing God’s peace.  As we give priorities to renewing our mind by meditating on God’s Word, our mind gravitates toward the spiritual aspects and the peace of God.


Only two choices

Christ said that His followers have only two choices: to serve God or to serve the world. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth [the world] (Matthew 6:24). Jesus was very clear when He said that we would be judged on the evidence of how we served God, how we obey.  …their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work (1 Cor. 3:13).


Why Christians make the wrong choices

The glamour and possessions of the world today distract many Christians.  They put the world first, forgetting that whatever is first in a person’s life is their god.


They become too busy to serve. Jesus told His disciples that many would be called on to serve in God's kingdom (Luke 14:16-26), but most give excuses why they couldn't. Verse 24 says, For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.


But how do we know if we are truly seeking God’s kingdom. We can ask ourselves, “Where do I primarily spend my energies? Are all of my time and money spent on goods and activities that will certainly perish, or in the service of God—the results of which live on for eternity?”


We are either seeking the world’s kingdom or we are seeking God’s kingdom, which is reaching the world for Christ.  We either work to get what the world offers, or we work to get what God’s kingdom offers.


Jesus said, 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 (Matthew 6:25).  Matt 6:33 ends with the answer, and all these things will be added to you. Believers who have learned to truly put God first may rest in His holy dynamic: “…and all these things will be given to you as well.” If we are taking care of God’s business as a priority—seeking His salvation, living in obedience to Him, and sharing the good news of the kingdom with others—then He will take care of your business as He promised.


What many do not realize is that they may give up some things on earth for a short time, but gain much more for eternity in heaven.


Summary

In teaching His disciples to seek the kingdom of God, Jesus told them to trust their heavenly Father to freely give them what they needed most, forgiveness of sins and deliverance from the evil; along with their earthly needs. Our foundation is trusting God above all else.


Our highest duty to God, after loving Him, is to seek the lost for His kingdom. The kingdom you are serving determines who your God is.



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