Do Not Worry--Seek First

Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Christ instructed His disciples to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. John the Baptist said, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2 NASB). Christ Himself preached, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17.)

Seeking the kingdom of heaven begins with repentance. What do you repent of? Start with worry. Matthew 6:32 Says, “Do not worry….” Then Matthew 6:34 also says, “So do not worry….” What is between Matthew 6:23 and Matthew 6:34? Scripture says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness….” Sandwiched between Jesus TWICE telling the disciples, “so do not worry” Christ says, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.”
Begin by turning away from worry and toward the kingdom of Christ. How do you turn toward the kingdom of Christ?

Ask, seek, knock.

Christ tells the disciples, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7). Ask for the kingdom of Christ in prayer. Look for His kingdom in scripture, in prayer, and around you. Most people cannot SEE the kingdom of God with their physical eyes, but they can see the people of God. Where you find the people of a kingdom, you can often find the direction to the kingdom. Knock on the doors of the kingdom of heaven with prayer, worship, and scripture study.

According to scripture, the process of turning from worry toward His kingdom is not passive but active. The disciple is called to actively ask, seek, and knock. In response, Christ promises, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be open” (Matt. 7:8). These are Christ's unwavering promises in scripture.
So, turn from worry--worry about the grocery bill, worry about finding lost shoes for the kids, worry about tomorrow. Instead, repent that worry! Then ask, seek, and knock--look for the kingdom of God and His righteousness. You will find. Then, the grocery bill, the shoes, and tomorrow will fall into place. God cares for you!

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