What does it mean to seek the Kingdom of God? Matthew 6:33 tells us “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven in all its righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” But what does it mean to seek the Kingdom of Heaven?
Whenever I hear that line “seek first the Kingdom of Heaven-” I think of a knight on a grail quest. No joke, a picture of this guy in full plate mail armor on a horse that’s also in full battle regalia going through the countryside looking for this sacred place like they once looked for the Island of Avalon where the Holy Grail was said to be hidden. Now I know that the Kingdom is not a place you can reach by any conventional means. If that were the case, they’d have a serious illegal immigration problem instead of the USA.
So what does it mean to seek the Kingdom of Heaven?
Micah 6:8 “Act Justly, Love mercy, and walk humbly before your God.
There are other verses I could throw in here like Isaiah 42:1-9 or Matthew 5:2-12 but seeking the Kingdom of God can really be boiled down to a complicated idea embedded in simple words that we say all the time without realizing it. “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Right there in that little line from the Lord’s prayer we come into agreement with the Father we submit ourselves to his will and to the fulfillment of his Kingdom and the way in which we do that is to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before Him.
If you take all the commandments; if you take all the doctrine, dogma and theology; if you take all the scripture you can find about how we are supposed to live our lives from Exodus 20 to Revelations 3 you will see the same four things over and over again coming up as things that God desires.
In the Presence of God.
Outside of His presence; outside of His goodness and compassion – I don’t know about you, but there’s no way that I can be those three things without God’s grace on me.