(For The Prayer Challenge Devotional)
Matthew 6:33 – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
According to Mark 1:14,15, “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,” saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” What is the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God has to do with God’s rulership and dominion in heaven and earth (Matthew 6:10). To Jesus the kingdom of God was the very essence of life, so much so that He taught more on the kingdom than any other subject. So when Jesus says, “seek first the kingdom of God,” it is not just a statement or part of a sermon; it is His very heartbeat.
Seeking the kingdom of God is the most important choice a person can ever make. In fact, if you have been born again in Christ and you have made it your aim to truly follow Him, then seeking the kingdom of God is your life choice; it is the core purpose of your existence. Seeking the kingdom of God entails focusing on God’s will being accomplished in the earth. How do we help ensure that God’s will is accomplished in the earth? It is by seeking the truth in God’s Word and making ourselves available for His use. It is by understanding He has called each of us to fulfill different individual purposes in light of the greater purpose of bringing Him glory, honor, and praise.
So what are the benefits of being in the kingdom of God? So glad you asked! Here are a few:
1) We have Christ as our King. Now as obvious as that sounds, that truth carries some great weight. If Jesus is King, and we are His people, then what does that make us? That makes us royalty. And what royal figure exists in a poor condition? None, I’d imagine! Believers in Christ should not be struggling, in the sense of “just getting by,” especially since God will supply all of our needs “according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
2) We have protection against the kingdom of darkness. Satan would love to sift us as wheat like he wanted to do with Peter (Luke 22:31), but we have Jesus as our great Intercessor. He makes intercession for us without ceasing (Hebrews 7:24-27).
3) We have a family. When we are born again we have God as our Father and fellow believers are our brothers and sisters for a spiritual family dynamic. No one has to go through life all alone. Support for living and doing what God has called you to do is available. Moreover, everyone who has the hope of having his/her child-to-Father relationship perfected when Christ returns is presently making sure their life is purified (1 John 3:1-3). Since he/she bears the family relationship to God, they must also exhibit the family character: “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
4) We have hope. The hope of ultimate salvation not only from the effects of sin, but also this present world, is present. What would be the point of being born again if we had nothing to look forward to? In Colossians 1:27, the Apostle Paul mentions the awesome idea of “Christ in you” being the “hope of glory.”
Prayer Focus: Lord, I thank you for Your Kingdom and everything that comes with it. Give me the strength and the wisdom to operate in it the way You would have me to so I can fulfill the purpose You created me to fulfill.
Study Focus: Matthew 5:19, 6:10, 33, 7:21, 11:12, 13:30-34, 19:24; Mark 1:14-15; 4:10-12, 10:14-15, 10:23-25; Luke 4:43, 9:62, 16:16; 17:21; John 3:1-5; Acts 1:2-4; Romans 14:16-18; 1 Corinthians 4:20, 15:50; 1 Thessalonians 2:11-13; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 12:10
Reflection: God has a glorious kingdom and He wants you and I to be in it. In order to be in the kingdom, we must first be born again by placing our faith and trust in Christ Jesus in making Him our Savior and Lord. Once we have been born again, seeking the fulfillment of God’s kingdom agenda should be our top priority. When we make that so, everything else we need will fall into its proper place. God will surely take care of us daily. Although the Gospels focus on the present aspect of the kingdom, it is also clear that the kingdom will be realized perfectly only at the second coming of Christ. In its spiritual nature, the kingdom of God, as a gift, is the ultimate salvation of His people.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.