Removing Worry from Our Life
As human beings, we often have a tendency to worry and stress about the future. We worry about our finances, our relationships, our health, and a whole host of other things.
In Matthew 6:31-34, Jesus tells us that we don't need to worry about these things, because our Heavenly Father knows what we need and will provide for us. Instead, He tells us to "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). When we seek first His Kingdom we don't give room for worry to grow in our hearts and minds.
So what does it mean to seek first God's Kingdom, and how can we do this in our daily lives?
The Kingdom of God refers to God's domain of authority (Kingdom=Kings domain). To seek first God's Kingdom is both spiritual and natural. It's important to understand that this domain encompasses both the spiritual and natural realms. In other words, the Kingdom of God is not limited to a physical location or a particular group of people, but rather it encompasses all of creation, both seen and unseen.
When Jesus tells us to seek first His Kingdom, He is inviting us to align our lives with His domain of authority, both in the spiritual and natural realms. This means that we are called to submit every area of our lives to His rule and reign, recognizing that He is the ultimate authority over all things.
In the spiritual realm, seeking God's Kingdom means that we prioritize our relationship with Him above all else. This involves surrendering our will to His, submitting our hearts to His guidance, and seeking His wisdom and direction in all things. We seek to grow in our understanding of His character, His love, and His purposes, and to live in a way that reflects His Kingdom values.
In the natural realm, seeking God's Kingdom means that we seek to bring His Kingdom values into every area of our lives. This includes our relationships, our work, our finances, and our communities. We seek to live in a way that honors God and reflects His love and justice to those around us. We prioritize caring for the poor, the marginalized, and the vulnerable, recognizing that these are the very ones that Jesus came to serve and to save.
So while the Kingdom of God is indeed a spiritual reality, it is not limited to the spiritual realm.
Seeking first His Kingdom involves aligning every area of our lives with His domain of authority, recognizing that He is the King over all creation, and that His Kingdom values should shape and guide everything we do.
One of the most important ways we can seek God's kingdom is through reading the Bible and praying.
The Bible is God's Word, and it contains everything we need to know about who God is, what He has done for us, and how we can live a life that honors Him. When we read the Bible, we are allowing God to speak to us directly, revealing His truth and wisdom to us.
Prayer, on the other hand, is our way of speaking to God. It allows us to bring our worries, fears, and concerns to Him, and to ask for His guidance and direction in our lives. When we pray, we are acknowledging our dependence on God and our need for His help and guidance.
But why is it so important to pursue God daily through reading the Bible and praying? Here are three key reasons:
It helps us to know God better. The more we read the Bible and pray, the more we come to know God's character, His love for us, and His plans for our lives. This knowledge helps us to trust Him more fully and to follow His lead in our lives leaving not room for worry to drive our thinking.
It gives us wisdom and guidance. As we read the Bible, we are exposed to God's wisdom and truth. This can help us to make wise decisions and to navigate the challenges of life with grace and wisdom. When we pray, we invite God to guide us and to give us the wisdom we need to make the right choices allowing His peace to reign in our hearts.
It strengthens our relationship with the Holy Spirit in us. Just like any relationship, our relationship with the Holy Spirit requires time and effort to grow and deepen. When we read the Bible and pray, we are investing in our relationship with the Holy Spirit, building a foundation of trust, love, and intimacy with Him.
In Matthew 6:34, Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Instead, He calls us to focus on today, and to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. One of the most practical ways we can do this is by pursuing God daily through reading the Bible and praying.
When we do this, we are acknowledging our dependence on Him, and allowing Him to guide and direct our lives. So let us say no to worry by making it a daily practice to seek God first, and to trust Him to provide for all our needs.