Friends, today I am going to share with you a secret which our good God has revealed to me.
As parents, we worry a lot. We worry about our children’s future. We want them to be happy and not in lack. When Jesus was on earth, He taught us not to worry about our life in Matthew 6:25-34. He concluded that message with this secret:
Matthew 6:33 (Berean Study Bible)
This secret requires us to understand what is ‘ seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness’. So what is that?
I know this verse since my teens. For almost three decades (30 years!), I understand ‘seek first the kingdom of God’ refers to evangelism and ‘His righteousness’ refers to living a sinless life. So does it mean that if we spend our time evangelising and walking a sinless life, we will get all the blessings and provision for our life? I think, maybe, that is true, but I think that knowledge is not complete and we probably fall short of the power of God with just that knowledge.
In recent years, I have been greatly blessed to learn from Pastor Joseph Prince that it is the grace (unmerited favour) of God that we have our blessings. And we have this unmerited favour not because of our works but because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. It is His righteousness, not our right living. When I understand this truth and when I read Matthew 6:33, my spirit knows that there is something which I previously did not understand. So I asked the Lord what is ‘the kingdom of God’ and what is ‘His righteousness” and what it meant to seek them?
Then the Lord showed me this:
- When you think of a kingdom, there must be a king, is it not? Who is the King in God’s kingdom? Our Lord Jesus! So, seek Jesus! Then I remembered the story of Mary and Martha. Mary chose to sit at Jesus feet to behold Him and listen to Him while Martha chose to cook for Mary. Yet our Lord Jesus said only one thing is needed and Mary had chosen what is better (Luke 10:38-42New International Version (NIV)). This means that to seek God’s kingdom is to spend time with Jesus!
- It is God’s righteousness that is mentioned in that verse in Matthew 6:33. Not our righteousness. So our mind should not be preoccupied with ourselves. But know that God is righteous. If you believe that He is righteous, you will believe Him to provide you every good thing in your life — provide for you, bless you with children and good health, protects you, promote you, fight for you, avenge for you, everything, every good thing! In other words, to seek His righteousness is simply to believe in Him. That’s why when Abraham believed God, God accounted it as righteousness.
So what about evangelism and living a sinless life? These should be the fruits of our time with Jesus. They should not be the focus. As an example, God gave me this analogy: As human beings working in an organisation, we seek to know what our CEO’s objectives are and do things to meet his objectives. We seek his directions an we handle each situation the way we believe he wants things to be handled. So imagine if you are living in God’s kingdom, how would you handle each difficult challenges or each person in your life? You know this answer when you spend time everyday with Jesus.
The moment I understand these truths I realised that I really need not have to worry about anything. All I have to do is to spend time with Jesus and to believe that God is good. He will take care of everything.
So, parents, don’t worry, when you spend time with Jesus and put your trust in God, everything will be fine.