I ts funny How the Lord can lead you some days. Today Morning I sat down to learn more about Prayer, but I ended up learning about The Kingdom of God. For Some time now, I have been learning about a lot of virtues I want to have and keep in my life in the coming year. I went through Humility, Faith, Prayer and now finally Seeking the Kingdom of God. My New Year's resolution is to be a man of Prayer,faith and desire for God. So, lets jump into today's topic without beating around the bush.
Seek his Kingdom and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid,little flock for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For whee your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Luke 12:31-34
Now to know the context of every verse is crucial, so let us do a little background check. Jesus was talking about the futility of worrying in the preceding verses and ends up with the promise that whoever seeks the Kingdom of God will given all these things. The words "these things" refers to food, clothes etc. It seems like we have no need to worry about our existence if we are seeking the Kingdom of God. Now, what exactly is this Kingdom of God. In Matthew Chapter 13, Jesus describes the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven through 5 parables. Some of these parables deal with the end of the age (which is when the kingdom of God will be established). But, the others like the Parable of the mustard seed, Yeast and the hidden treasure of the pearl teach us the value of the Kingdom of God. Even after going through all these verses, I was not able to clearly define the Kingdom of God. Does it mean heaven or is there something more to it. Let's have a look at Luke 17:20-22.
Once having been asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come Jesus replied, "The Kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation nor will people say, Here it is or there it is because the Kingdom of God is within you.
So, when Jesus said, "Seek the Kingdom of God" he meant to live so as to enter heaven and to store up treasures in Heaven and not on Earth. For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also. A rich man will have many treasures on Earth and therefore there is a big chance that his eyes and his heart will be set on his earthly possessions. This is why Jesus said, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."If you are hard pressed for money this holiday season, do not pray for surplus money but seek the Kingdom of God and then God will fulfill His Promise and give you all the things that you need. (I did not say, all that you want).