The fact is that, as human beings, we all need food, water and a way to protect our bodies from the elements to survive. These are the basic things we need to continue living on this earth. In Genesis 1-2, God makes this fact perfectly clear. In Genesis 3, however, God tells us that, because of our sin, getting our basic needs was going to be very difficult, and costly (Genesis 3:8-19), and ever since then, it has been. We have to work long and hard to get what we need, and often times, at a great cost.
But, have you noticed that when we do get what we need there is this sense that we have gotten is not enough? That, no matter how hard we work, and how much we get and/or achieve, it’s just not enough? There even comes a time in which we begin seeking that missing piece of our lives that we feel will make our lives complete, and when we can’t find it at work, we look for it in relationships, alcohol, sex, drugs and many other places and things which leave us just as incomplete as we’ve always been. Is this where you are? Are you seeking that missing piece in your life?
Jesus has what you are seeking. Look at what He says,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you (Matthew 6:33).”
God is willing to provide for all our spiritual, physical and emotional needs, but with certain conditions. Let’s look closely at what Jesus is teaching us in this very important verse.
First come the conditions for providing our needs:
- “But seek first…” – Jesus teaches us what must be our top priority search. Nothing else can take it’s place. Then, He teaches us what we are to seeking above all else.
- “the kingdom of God…” – First, we must seek the kingdom of God. This means that, as Christians, our top priority must be to seek to spread the good news of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for the entire world, to the entire world. As Christians, this is our main job, it is in our job description (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
- “and His righteousness,” – Second, we must seek to conform personal conformity to His standard of righteousness, or holy living. In other words, we must conform to His moral standards and not seek to live according to the world’s moral standards. We must summit to His Lordship over our lives and strive to live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to His commands.
Now come the promise of His provision.
- “And all these things…” – Jesus wants us to know that He will provide everything we need to survive in this world, and to accomplish what He has commanded us to do. Notice that He says, “all”. He will not keep anything from us.
- “will be provided fr you.” – He, Jesus, is the source of our provision. He already knows all that we need and He is ready and willing to provide it all for us.
Look at what Jesus says,
“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you (Matthew 6:31-33).”
So, what are you seeking? What drives you, or motivates you each day? How’s life?
In Christ’s love.