“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew 6:33-34
I recently purchased a Thompson Chain Reference Bible (NKJV) and while studying the bible (more specifically “Life’s Purpose,” Topical Guide Number 4181, I came across an interesting bit of information that I had not thought of, or even considered, before, as I was reading the Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
It is explained that this is a double argument against the sin of thoughtfulness in that we are to take no thought for our lives (the life of the body) for we have greater things to think of concerning the well being of our souls and our eternal happiness. He further explains, it as the one needful thing (Luke 10:42), where Jesus had responded to Martha letting her know that Mary had chosen the more “needful thing” that should be of concern. We should more appropriately employ our minds and energies to the kingdom of God and on God Himself. Placing more energies into becoming more Christ-like during our time here on earth. We should be more careful to please God rather than men and being so mindful of the things that are so worldly, thus making us duplicitous with respect to God and mammon, or money; we cause our own problems by causing a rift between us and God, because we try to share our mind part-time with God and the rest of the time with our wants, desires, goals, and wishes.
The sum and substance of our whole duty is to “seek first the kingdom of God.” Our duty is to seek; to desire, pursue, and aim at these things; all of which lies within the pages of the word of God. Matthew Henry’s Commentary equates the bible as the Constitution of the New Covenant between God and man, which makes good sense if you know your Constitution and the fact that it was the new covenant between man and his government. We must mind heaven as our end, and holiness as our way.
“Let your care for your souls and another world take the place of all other cares: and let all the concerns of this life be made subordinate to those of the life to come: we must seek the things of Christ more than our own things; and if every they come in competition, we must remember to which we are to give the preference. “Seek these things first; first in thy days: let the morning of thy youth be dedicated to God” ~Matthew Henry’s Commentary (Matthew 6:33)
By seeking first the kingdom of God, and being earnest in your pledge God promises to not just give you what you seek (i.e., the kingdom of God) but also will add to that all other things that are necessary. In 2 Chronicles 1:11-12, Solomon only asked for wisdom but God had given him wealth, fame, and all things under the sun.
If we spent more time seeking the kingdom of God, we would probably have less problems overall throughout the world. What are your thoughts? I know I have plenty of time to reallocate to reading, studying, and spend more time learning something! What about you?
May God Richly Bless You All!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD