Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. [Matthew 6:33 (NLT)]
Being a theatre major, “What’s my motivation?” was a frequently asked question. “Why is my character doing this?” is what I wanted to know. A good actor wants to know what is driving his character’s behavior simply because there is a reason behind all of our actions, both on and off the stage. As Christians, what’s our motivation for seeking the Kingdom of God? Some would read the above verse and say it is so God can provide us with everything we want.
I’m not a proponent of prosperity theology; the Holy Spirit does not exist for our benefit and use. God’s goal is our salvation not our material wealth, physical health, or even our happiness. We can believe in Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit and faithfully act on God’s promises and still be poor as church mice or as rich as David Green of Hobby Lobby fame. Most of us, however, fall somewhere in between those extremes (and probably closer to the church mouse than the billionaire). Our wealth (or lack thereof) has nothing to do with our faith in God. After all, if wealth was God’s plan for us, Jesus would have been a rich man. Possessions and comfort, however, meant nothing to him. It’s wise to remember that the only disciple who seemed to care at all about money was Judas. God is not a heavenly vending machine where we drop in a prayer, financial offering or an act of service and out comes a blessing.
If amassing blessings and getting something from God is our motivation for seeking Him, many of us will be sorely disappointed. If the depth of our belief determined the depth of our pockets, one look around tells me that God needs a new accountant. A great many devout and generous believers I know have skimpy bank balances, poor health and an abundance of trials while a great many sinners seem to be enjoying health, wealth and a trouble-free existence.
Indeed, some sinners may have everything their hearts desire. By seeking the Kingdom of God, however, the devout may not get everything they want, but they will get everything they need. And what is it that we all need most? A relationship with God! Seeking God’s Kingdom also means that salvation, forgiveness, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control will be ours! That’s motivation enough for me! We seek the Kingdom of God to know Him, to love Him and to have a relationship with Him—the rest is frosting on the cake.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, And His righteousness,
And all these things, shall be added onto you. Alleu, alleluia.
Man shall not live by bread alone, But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God. Alleu, Alleuia.
Ask and it shall be given unto you, Seek and ye shall find.
Knock and the door shall be opened onto you. Alleu, Alleuia.
[Seek Ye First (Karen Lafferty)]
We love Him because He first loved us. [1 John 4:19 (NKJV)]
Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” [John 6:26-27 (NKJV)]