Seek Ye First The KingMatthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
I don*t normally use just half of any of God*s words. I trust you will pardon it in the title of this article. Without the King, the kingdom of God would not exist. He can never be exiled, though some would wish it. Many individuals would like to have the benefits of being citizens of the Kingdom of God, but they do not want the King reigning over them. They do not want His righteousness changing them or their lifestyles. The citizens in the following passage are types of them.Luke 19:14: But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
Many fail to understand that the greatest benefit of being in the Kingdom of God is having a new and righteous King reigning over us. Even some Christians are unaware of it. God reigning over us is not forced upon us, we must willingly yield ourselves to Him and His reign. We first yield ourselves to Him when we receive Jesus. After that, the more often and the more continually we yield to His reigning, the more blessed we are. The new King provides the best guidance, the best rewards, the best protection and the best of everything else. Even the trials, chastisement and persecution that He permits to happen to us are for our benefit.Romans 6:16-20: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
1 Peter 4:12-14: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ*s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.Hebrews 12:5-11: And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.