In order to seek first the kingdom of God we must have a healthy understanding and respect for the King. Sin has corrupted every part of this world and our being, and because of this we have polluted the concept of what it means to be a king.
Most human kings use their position for selfish gain. They accumulate excessive amounts of wealth and power for themselves while those that they serve suffer the hardships of being in want. But the author and patent holder of the concept of being a king has no such desire. The King of kings rules as a servant and for the benefit of His people. He doesn’t rule with an iron fist but allows us to make our own decisions. But He does rule, and someday we will all stand before Him and be judged by Him (2 Cor 5:10).
In Luke 12:4-7 Jesus tells us that we are not to fear and serve the kings and people of this world. We are to fear Him who created us; He who will have the final say over our eternal lives. God created each one of us for a purpose (Luke 9:27, Matt 5:16, 1 Cor 10:31, 2 Cor 5:9, Col 3:23) and He values us highly. His desire is for us (Ezekiel 18:23&32, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 10:19-21).
It’s All About Relationship
Take a moment to think about what is truly at the root of God’s purpose for salvation? It’s all about a personal relationship with you and then mirroring that relationship with other people. Paul Tautges writes:
“Religion is a never-ending quest for eternal life which, deep down, everyone wants. Everyone wants to live forever, and most people in the world think they will. Most people believe they will eventually get to heaven. Even those who believe in a fictional place called Purgatory, as I once did, also believe they will eventually leave that place and receive eternal life.
But eternal life is not about heaven. Possessing eternal life is not primarily about going to heaven when we die. It is about having a relationship with God that begins here—in this life—and continues for all eternity. That’s what Jesus taught, too. Jesus said it this way, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
How did Jesus define eternal life? He defined it as a relationship. As He prayed to the Father, He said, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). If eternal life is knowing God then we must believe there is a way to have a relationship with Him. The Bible says the only way to eternal life is through a relationship with God, and that relationship comes through the one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5). It is this living relationship that the apostle has in mind when he writes in Philippians 3:10, “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection.”
What does the apostle mean by “to know him”? The word “know” means to know personally, by experience. The word denotes personal relationship. To have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ requires both a one-time experience—that is when the relationship begins—and an ongoing experience—whereby the relationship never stops growing.”
Think about that last sentence. You can’t have an ongoing relationship with someone you have never first met.
- Have you met Jesus Christ? How do yo know? How would you explain that encounter with someone who has never heard of Jesus?
- Who is Jesus? Can you describe His character?
- A relationship with Jesus changes people. He changes our awareness of people (including ourselves) and our actions toward them. Are you allowing Him to change you? Why/why not?
If you are going to seek first the kingdom of God you must know the King and have an ongoing relationship with Him so that you know what you are seeking for.
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© 2016 Michael Martin