Discovering what Jesus meant in Matthew 6:33
I’ve never liked memorization and lost every match when playing the Memory game. But as I approach my mid-50s, I’ve committed to improving my brain by playing Sudoku, word searches, and memorization.
I’ve pledged to memorize Bible verses. Simple ones.
One of the first scriptures I’ve memorized is from the gospel of Matthew.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
In the process of memorization, I meditate on the verse and think about what it means to me and how I can apply it to my personal life.
What does it mean to seek His kingdom?
Seeking God’s Kingdom means:
- Spending our energy, our money, and our time on the things of God as a priority over the things of the world.
- Taking care of God’s business by living in obedience to Him, and sharing the Good News of the kingdom with others.
- Talking with God in prayer and reading His Word.
- Replacing anxiety with eternal concerns important to God.
- Living a life dependent on God for everything instead of relying on others or ourselves.
- Worshipping, praising, and offering thanks to God.
- Exchanging our natural thinking for godly thinking.
- Using our unique gifts and talents to honour Him.
- Replacing worry over temporal necessities and daily provision with looking for Him and looking to Him to meet our needs.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained that if God takes such care of a simple bird, He will look after His own people.
Jesus reminds us that our devotion should be to God and His kingdom, not our physical well-being. In doing so, He promises to meet our needs.
This is one Bible verse that is now seared in my memory.