Kingdom-first living

By Dwight Fuqua — We are all familiar with Matthew 6:33. We’ve heard it. We’re read it. We can quote it. The Master said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” We know that we must put the kingdom “first.”

Strong says that the word “first” (proton) means first “in time, place, order, or importance; before, at the beginning, chiefly, at the first of all.”

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” We hear it, read it and quote it, but are we really, really, REALLY doing that? We each do well to ask ourselves, “Am I REALLY putting the kingdom first or have I been deceiving myself?

James exhorted, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). While “kingdom-first living” reaches across the board — to our behavior, our involvement, our devotional lives, our teaching of others, our relationships, etc. — let’s apply it to our worship.

Consider the following:

  • Am I putting the kingdom FIRST “in time, place, order, or importance” when I CHOOSE to go to a concert instead of going to worship? How is that okay?
  • Am I putting the kingdom FIRST “in time, place, order, or importance” when I CHOOSE to work extra, so that I can have more money to do the stuff I want to do, instead of going to worship? How is that okay?
  • Am I putting the kingdom FIRST “in time, placed, order, or importance” when I CHOOSE to stay home, rest up, watch TV or visit with others instead of going to worship?
  • Am I putting the kingdom FIRST “in time, place, order, or importance” when I CHOOSE to go to my children’s ball games instead of going to worship? And, what am I teaching them about the importance of the church? How is that okay?
  • Am I putting the kingdom FIRST “in time, place, order, or importance” when I CHOOSE (arrange my itinerary) to travel during worship instead of going to worship? How is that okay?

“Why is the church not growing?” “Why are the brethren discouraged?” “Why are we losing our young people?” We may not want to hear the answer to these questions! Could it be that we (you and I) are not putting the kingdom first?

Let’s put the emphasis on the unuttered, but assumed word in Matthew 6:33. The Master said, “But YOU seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness …” There are no problems in the church that kingdom-first living will not cure! There is no greater need in the church, in our families, in your life and mine than kingdom-first living!

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