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Questions Girls Ask: What does it mean to seek first the Kingdom of God?

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Inspired by conversations with real women, this blog from Redeemed Girl Ministries answers some of the common questions women ask on their faith journey.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you!” Matthew 6:33

Although this verse is one of the most often quoted, printed, and monogrammed scriptures…I dare say that actually putting this one into practice is quite different than merely memorizing the words. Let’s break this one down a bit, shall we?

Seek…
strive, pursue, or chase after with intensity

First…
your chief and primary objective

The kingdom…
the realm of rule and authority

of God…
where God, our Creator and Savior Reigns!

God revealed to me that by seeking first his kingdom agenda, then all things that I longed for and desired would ultimately be added to my life.   The trick is to get the order right.  Most of us have the order reversed.  The world tells us to seek first marriage, a career, or whatever the next item is on our List, but God says that we are to place him and his agenda as the priority of our lives –trusting him to take care of the rest.

So, what exactly does it mean to “seek first the Kingdom of God?” I was pondering this question recently while at the lake with some friends after church. After a long day of water skiing, we relaxed on the boat watching a beautiful sunset.  Since the group was in a reflective mood, I threw out this question to see what response I would get. The general consensus from this group (all of whom love God, serve God, and are on-fire for His purposes) was that seeking first the kingdom means passionately pursuing our relationship with Jesus Christ and passionately pursuing his agenda instead of our own.

I’m a big fan of that definition.  Seeking first means spending our time, our energy, and our resources furthering the priorities and passions of God’s heart—living by his agenda and not our own. Instead of chasing after a guy, a career or the latest trends, God’s desire is that we pour our lives into his kingdom agenda.

In what ways are you tempted to "seek first" the world's agenda, instead of God's agenda?

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Comments (2)

Abigail

March 2nd, 2014

1:31 pm

Thank you for sharing the definition as "passionately pursuing our relationship with Jesus Christ and passionately pursuing His agenda instead of [my] own." I am on the road to falling in love with God again. One of my biggest struggles in my relationship with Him is prayer, so I am doing a study on prayer. I am learning that one of the greatest things that keeps me from prayer is disbelief. The reason I disbelieve is because I pray selfishly and with a focus on all the things I need and want. I am learning to seek God first and be content with what I do have because I know He will provide; He just wants my heart and my focus.
 

Pat

April 19th, 2014

3:11 am

Although I'm still struggling to work through what seeking first the kingdom of God means, I guess my next question(s), according to your definition is, what exactly are/is God's agenda, the passions of his heart, and his priorities/purposes for us. Some might say it's to make disciples while others might say it's to bring about social justice, etc. Is this different or the same for everyone? Somehow I think that it has more to do with learning about how Jesus was reintroducing the kingdom of God to us and how we as the new creation, are to continue to manifest his kingdom in the earth. Not expecting an answer, but just asking/throwing this out so that the question(s) and thought might be considered.
 

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